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Murican Hero Trevor Lewis!
Murican Hero Trevor Lewis!
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Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks (Staples Center)

Time: 7:30 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West

Enemy Reading: Nucks Misconduct

Kings Lines:

Marian GaborikAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Milan LucicJeff CarterTyler Toffoli

Tanner PearsonNick ShoreTrevor Lewis

Kyle CliffordAndy AndreoffJordan Nolan


Brayden McNabbDrew Doughty

Jake MuzzinChristian Ehrhoff

Alec MartinezMatt Greene


Jonathan Quick

Jhonas Enroth


Scratched: Jordan WealJeff SchultzDerek Forbort. Injured: Dwight King

Confidence in these line combos: B. The Kings did not have a morning skate due to the power outage at Toyota Sports Center yesterday.

Canucks Lines courtesy of Canucks Army:

LW C RW
Daniel Sedin
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter
Sven Baertschi
Sven Baertschi
Bo Horvat
Bo Horvat
Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows
Alexandre Burrows
Jared McCann
Jared McCann
Jake Virtanen
Jake Virtanen
Brandon Prust
Brandon Prust
Adam Cracknell
Adam Cracknell
Jannik Hansen
Jannik Hansen
Defensive Pairings
Dan Hamhuis
Dan Hamhuis
Chris Tanev
Chris Tanev
Alexander Edler
Alexander Edler
Matt Bartkowski
Matt Bartkowski
Ben Hutton
Ben Hutton
Luca Sbisa
Luca Sbisa

Ryan Miller

(Richard Bachman)

Game Notes

  • Jordan Weal had a so-so showing in his NHL debut so he gets scratched in favor of Andy Andreoff tonight.
  • After three preseason games and two regular season games, Darryl Sutter decided that Gaborik was having a difficult time adjusting back to right wing.
  • Sutter also decided that Lucic-Kopitar-Gaborik wasn't working so Dustin Brown gets his shot on the top line tonight.
  • Lucic will square off against a familiar foe in Prust tonight. Let's just say those two have history and Prust, a major thorn on Lucic's side, usually comes out on top.
  • Ryan Miller is healthy and having an excellent start to his season, having allowed only five goals in three contests, for a sterling 1.60 GAA and .948 sv%.
  • Jonathan Quick, on the other hand... well... you know.
  • The Canucks are undefeated in regulation and won last night in the shootout over Anaheim to lead the division with five points.
  • The Kings are still searching for their first win of the season. Thx Bud has a few suggestions on how to do that here.
  • Jake Virtanen, drafted sixth overall in 2014, will make his NHL debut tonight.
  • Virtanen, Horvat, McCann and Hunter Shinkaruk are the future of Vancouver and will be ones to keep an eye on tonight. Outside of the first three and the Sedins, their lineup really kinda sucks.
  • Adam Cracknell scored the Canucks' only goal last night so let's hope the trend of not scoring continues for Vancouver.