Edmonton Oilers,Kyle Clifford,Eric Gryba,Short-handed,Defenceman,Tyler Toffoli

The Kings take it to the kids in 4-2 victory over Oilers

November 18, 2016
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Kings left wing Kyle Clifford, below, and Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba fall as they compete for the puck during the second period on Nov. 17. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press) There are many benefits to assembling a young team, but there can be almost as many risks. Speed and enthusiasm are great assets but inexperience and inconsistency can send a youthful group into a downward spiral that’s difficult to stop, as the Edmonton Oilers have discovered since their promising October turned into a sobering November. The Kings’ average age of 28 puts them among the NHL’s oldest teams, while the Oilers’ average age of just over 26 places them among the youngest. Still, the old guys weren’t ready to concede anything to the kids Thursday. Jeff Carter’s short-handed goal at 9 minutes 6 seconds of the second period, set up by linemate Tyler Toffoli, put the Kings ahead for good and Devin Setoguchi added an insurance goal in the third period as the Kings defeated Edmonton, 4-2, at Staples Center. In addition to extending the Kings’ home winning streak over Edmonton to 10 games, it ended the Kings’ 0-3-1 slump and stretched the Oilers’ losing streak to five. “The league itself is younger now and they play with a lot of speed, a lot of skill and a lot of talent,” Setoguchi said. “We kept it fundamentally simple tonight with a lot of shots toward the net and a lot of second and...

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