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The Oilers, who are 2-1-0 in the Western Conference and will play host to the Sharks in a Game 7 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, are looking to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat at Staples Center, where the Sharks have won four of their past five games.
They also want to avoid another six-game skid, which they’ve already racked up since Oct. 27 when they beat the Rangers.
They’ve lost seven straight and nine of their last 10, including back-to-back home losses on the road against the Kings on Saturday and the Sharks on Sunday.
They have the NHL’s best record in a best-of-seven series.
“You want to get to Game 7, win it, and be on the right track,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said.
“We have a chance to do that.”
The Oilers (4-3-1) have won five straight and 10 of their 12.
“They’re not afraid to play a tough game,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.
Los Angeles is 3-0-1 in the series, with four victories in the last five.
The Kings (3-3) are tied with Pittsburgh for the NHL lead in goals allowed at 2.09 per game.
They are tied for fourth with five wins in their past six games.
“I know it’s a long season, so it’s tough to get through,” Kings forward Marian Gaborik said.
The Sharks have lost six straight and 13 of their 15, including a four-game homestand from Nov. 13-23, when they won a third straight game at home for the first time in six years.
They lost two straight before winning three straight at home in November.
Los Dos are 3-1 against the West this season, with a 1-1 record in games decided in the conference final.
They’re 3-4-0 overall this season and have a .846 winning percentage in the division.