Dustin Penner eager to face Oilers – plus First Goal Contest

Recognize the guy above?  Don’t feel bad if you can’t quite place him. He’s only played in two games since the Kings traded for Jeff Carter a little more than a month ago.

However, with number-77 suffering an ankle injury late in Wednesday’s game vs. the Flames, Brad Richardson may have a shot at sneaking back into the line-up tonight vs. the Oilers.

But, you probably can’t think about a Kings-Oliers game these days without mentioning Dustin Penner and/or Ryan Smyth.  Or can you? Is the former still a story? After all, the trade that brought him to LA was over a year ago now.

“It still means something to me,” said Penner, when speaking to MayorsManor before leaving for Canada earlier this week. “It’s not like there’s a rivalry or (extra) motivation to play harder against them because I got traded from there. Subconsciously, I think I probably want to play harder against them because of my ex-teammates there. I know them and we always had that comradery and natural ribbing inside the dressing room. Now, you get a chance to do it from the other side. It probably stings a bit more.”

In three games played vs. the Oilers since switching to a Kings jersey, Penner has yet to record a point. He’s also 1-1-1, if you want to use the scoreboard as a barometer – with the only win coming one year ago yesterday in Edmonton.

He’ll get two more cracks at his former team though, as the Kings are scheduled to face the Oilers tonight on the road and then again on Monday in Los Angeles. If you’d like to win tickets to that game at STAPLES Center, be sure to enter tonight’s First Goal Contest. It’s pretty easy, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Oilers. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded a free pair of tickets.

To help you with your selection, the following stats may come in handy…

– Dustin Brown has 12 goals in 26 career games vs Edmonton (including 7 goals in 13 games in EDM)

Anze Kopitar has 6 goals in 20 games

– Justin Williams has 2 goals in 15 games (including the only Kings goal vs. the Oilers this season)

Mike Richards has 0 goals in 7 games

Jeff Carter has 4 goals in 5 games (out of the line-up tonight and tomorrow)

– Jarret Stoll has 4 goals in 11 games

– Doughty has 4 goal in 14 games

Of course, feel free to take any of the other Kings players. Just remember that Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske are the likely scratches, with Richardson expected to take the place of an injured Carter.  So, for your reference – Richardson has potted three goals in 27 career contests vs. the Oilers.

Good luck!

Special note: After the game, I’ll be a guest on the Oilers post-game show airing on Team 1260 in Edmonton.  You can listen live by clicking here.

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  1. Richardson!

  2. Justin Williams!! GKG!!

  3. gotta go with my favorite Russian, Slava Voynov.

  4. Lewis

  5. Penner

  6. Richards…..GO KINGS!!

  7. Carter

  8. Matt Holland says


  9. Brown

  10. Kopitar

  11. Dwight King

  12. Penner!

  13. Brown

  14. Dustin Brown

  15. Richards!

  16. Michael Ortiz says

    Going with Clifford.

  17. Voynov’s going to get the first tonight, I can feel it.

  18. Anthony Flores says


  19. Looking for Lewis to make the first!

  20. Doughty… GKG!!!!!

  21. Stoll…. GKG!!!!!

  22. Mitchell #33

  23. The Ram 16 says

    Justin Williams

  24. Anze Kopitar

  25. Brownie

  26. Ill go with penner…his name was the one I drew from the hat.

  27. Primo00001 says

    Kopitar all the way

  28. Kopitar.

  29. Tieronedesign says

    Hopefully, the boys will be able to match Edmonton’s speed tonight. Adding Richardson in to the line-up should help, however I’m not expecting any sort of offensive impact from him (numbers wise). We need to try and jump out with an early goal and keep the Oilers on their toes and in their own zone. I like our recent output of just putting the puck on net and activating the D throughout the entire game. Those two things, added to Quickie’s stellar play, have really helped. GKG!

  30. derek kitagawa says

    Mike Richards

  31. Richardson gets 1st goal. He’s hungry.

  32. Bradey Levinson says


  33. kostamojen says


  34. Sarah Hernandez says

    First Goal Anze Kopitar

  35. Williams!

  36. Going with Alec Martinez tonight!

  37. Anthony Mendeola says


  38. Doughty

  39. Richardson

  40. Kopitar

  41. Penner

  42. Voynov

  43. Fraser

  44. Rod Rounke says


  45. Clayton L says

    Dustin (pen dog) Penner.

  46. Im going with #23 O’ Captain my Captain Dustin Brown. Show ‘Em how to get to Brown town kid.

  47. NetPresenceNeeded says

    The Rookie D-man Vietcheslav Voynov. Just so he can out score Penner for the season. Lol

  48. Justin Williams

  49. Jarret Stoll, just a hunch.

  50. Elizabeth says

    Jarret Stoll

  51. Richards!

  52. Nolan!!!

  53. Victoria Desimone says

    Drew Doughty!

  54. Scuds

  55. Clifford!!!

  56. Doughty

  57. Matt Greene

  58. Capsnbottles says


  59. Penner !

  60. Dwight King

  61. clifford

  62. Brown

  63. Dustin Brown

  64. First Goal #Pennercakes!

  65. Voynov

  66. Dustin Brown

  67. Greene

  68. Strollsy

  69. chitchattj` says

    Stoll …. really gotta happen eventually !!!!

  70. Rocio Escareno says

    Anze Kopitar

  71. Dustin Penner 25

  72. Lewis


  73. megan smith says

    Dustin brown

  74. kingsfan35 says

    Alec Martinez 🙂

  75. Slava Voynov

  76. Willie Mitchell

  77. John Hernandez says

    Alec Martinez!

  78. Doughty!

  79. Stoll

  80. frank gratrix says


  81. Brown

  82. Williams

  83. Ruben Sanchez says

    dustin brown!!

  84. i wish i could say clifford, but im gonna go with brownie <3

  85. Mr. Voynov

  86. Mike Richards!

  87. Ruben Arredondo says

    jeff carter!

  88. Bill Norris says


  89. Mike Richards

  90. I gotta go with Brownie for the 1st!!!!

  91. Richards!!!

  92. J. Williams (#14) cuz that guy GETS IT DONE!!!

  93. Feeling lucky tonight: Jordan Nolan!

  94. Richards

  95. KingsOfLA says


  96. D. King that’s JD’s brother.

  97. Brian Vincent says

    First goal Williams!!! Go Kings Go!

  98. amy vincent says


  99. Kopitar

  100. KingsGirl says


  101. Mrs. Doughty says


  102. I won! I won! well, maybe…


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