Game Day #47: Canucks @ Kings Preview

("Sandstorm" plays in background) - Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks come back to Staples. Or, as I like to call them, "The Remedy."

Los Angeles Kings v Vancouver Canucks (Staples Center)

Time: 7:30 PM

TV: Fox Sports West

Enemy reading: Canucks Army

Canucks (projected) lineup:

Sedin-Sedin-Dalpe
Higgins-Kesler-Kassian
Sestito-Santorelli-Hansen
Archibald-Richardson-Weise

Tanev-Hamhuis
Edler-Garrison
Bieksa-Weber

Lack

Injured: Alex Burrows, Roberto Luongo. Scratched: David Booth, Andrew Alberts, Ryan Stanton

Kings (projected) lineup:

King-Kopitar-Carter
Brown-Stoll-Williams
Pearson (or Frattin)-Richards-Toffoli
Clifford-Fraser-Lewis (or Nolan)

Mitchell-Doughty
Regehr-Voynov
Martinez-Greene
Muzzin

Quick

Injured: none; Scratched: either Tanner Pearson or Matt Frattin, either Trevor Lewis or Jordan Nolan, Jake Muzzin

Game Notes:

  • Forward scratches for LA are unknown at this point, but it looks like as per the readers' request, Tanner Pearson might a chance to play with Mike Richards and Tyler Toffoli.We'll see. If it does happen, I predict that they will score exactly as many goals as they allow.
  • Robert doesn't like that Jake Muzzin got scratched. I'm okay with it as a one-game "play better" message-sender. Coaches have to do that, or else, what do we need them for? (Answer: excellent quotes and facial expressions.)
  • The result of the above, of course, is that Darryl Sutter will skate Drew Doughty and Willie Mitchell on the same pairing. Both d-men have been excellent as of late.
  • Roberto Luongo is still injured. Cause: dirtbag/fan favorite (depending on which side you're on) Dustin Brown. Can we have Kevin Westgarth back for one night? Just to keep an eye on him?
  • Luongo's injury means backup Eddie Lack gets the start. Backup goaltenders scare the crap out of me now.
  • One of Vancouver's corresponding dirtbags/fan favorites (depending on which side you're on) is missing tonight, as Burrows is still absent due to a broken jaw.
  • All I've ever seen Tom Sestito do against the Kings is hit a bunch of people in the first half of the game and take a bad penalty in the second half. (This has happened in all three games this season; check the box score.) Apparently, though, he's been surprisingly effective as of late. Hoping for old Tom Sestito tonight.
  • Brad Richardson centers the fourth line at the Staples Center, so it's a throwback night for him! Still like that guy.
  • My scattered version of Langluy's ~Fun With Numbers~ ...
    • Jeff Carter has alternated scoring a goal and not scoring a goal in his last ten games. He didn't score on Saturday against Detroit.
    • Saturday was Jonathan Quick's first start with a SV% below .900 since he returned from injury. But he's stopped 52 of 54 against the Canucks this season.
    • The Canucks have not played a game where a team had five or more power plays since December 1. It's happened in three of the last six games the Kings have played in.
  • Prediction: LA makes it 4-for-4 against the Canucks this season with a 3-2 victory.

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