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.


  1. Blueline says:


  2. Jenn H. says:

    Justin Williams!! GKG!!

  3. Brittany says:

    gotta go with my favorite Russian, Slava Voynov.

  4. Evan says:


  5. Kristina says:


  6. Dana says:

    Richards…..GO KINGS!!

  7. Matt says:


  8. Matt Holland says:


  9. David says:


  10. Arthur says:


  11. Michael says:

    Dwight King

  12. Kelly Ann says:


  13. Nicole says:


  14. Ed says:

    Dustin Brown

  15. Andre says:


  16. Michael Ortiz says:

    Going with Clifford.

  17. Ben says:

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

  18. Anthony Flores says:


  19. Michele says:

    Looking for Lewis to make the first!

  20. Shelley says:

    Doughty… GKG!!!!!

  21. Fricke says:

    Stoll…. GKG!!!!!

  22. Lars says:

    Mitchell #33

  23. The Ram 16 says:

    Justin Williams

  24. Paul says:

    Anze Kopitar

  25. Craig says:


  26. Hipcheck says:

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

  27. Primo00001 says:

    Kopitar all the way

  28. moe says:


  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. Dave says:

    Richardson gets 1st goal. He’s hungry.

  32. Bradey Levinson says:


  33. kostamojen says:


  34. Sarah Hernandez says:

    First Goal Anze Kopitar

  35. Shino says:


  36. McNickk says:

    Going with Alec Martinez tonight!

  37. Anthony Mendeola says:


  38. Autumn says:


  39. Cassie says:


  40. tyler says:


  41. Paul says:


  42. Evo says:


  43. Neilld31 says:


  44. Rod Rounke says:


  45. Clayton L says:

    Dustin (pen dog) Penner.

  46. Jason V. says:

    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. leenie_h says:

    Justin Williams

  49. Eric says:

    Jarret Stoll, just a hunch.

  50. Elizabeth says:

    Jarret Stoll

  51. D says:


  52. David says:


  53. Victoria Desimone says:

    Drew Doughty!

  54. Alex says:


  55. Jimmy says:


  56. Melinda says:


  57. Eric C says:

    Matt Greene

  58. Capsnbottles says:


  59. dion says:

    Penner !

  60. David B says:

    Dwight King

  61. N3DD says:


  62. Lee says:


  63. Kerry says:

    Dustin Brown

  64. CiscoC says:

    First Goal #Pennercakes!

  65. Chris says:


  66. Griffin says:

    Dustin Brown

  67. Ashley C says:


  68. Melanie says:


  69. chitchattj` says:

    Stoll …. really gotta happen eventually !!!!

  70. Rocio Escareno says:

    Anze Kopitar

  71. Max Goen says:

    Dustin Penner 25

  72. Brenda says:



  73. megan smith says:

    Dustin brown

  74. kingsfan35 says:

    Alec Martinez :)

  75. Greg C says:

    Slava Voynov

  76. Rachel says:

    Willie Mitchell

  77. John Hernandez says:

    Alec Martinez!

  78. Chelsea says:


  79. Maki says:


  80. frank gratrix says:


  81. Janelle says:


  82. Laurie says:


  83. Ruben Sanchez says:

    dustin brown!!

  84. katie says:

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

  85. Mr. Voynov

  86. Dwreck says:

    Mike Richards!

  87. Ruben Arredondo says:

    jeff carter!

  88. Bill Norris says:


  89. Ryan says:

    Mike Richards

  90. chefmat says:

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

  91. Michele says:


  92. YuriM says:

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

  93. Nicholas says:

    Feeling lucky tonight: Jordan Nolan!

  94. Ariel says:


  95. KingsOfLA says:


  96. Rusty says:

    D. King that’s JD’s brother.

  97. Brian Vincent says:

    First goal Williams!!! Go Kings Go!

  98. amy vincent says:


  99. Sam G says:


  100. KingsGirl says:


  101. Mrs. Doughty says:


  102. Rusty says:

    I won! I won! well, maybe…


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