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Preview, Game Day #65: Vancouver Canucks @ Los Angeles Kings

For the second straight week, LA looks to rebound from an Anaheim loss against a Canadian team.

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Vancouver CanucksLos Angeles Kings

Time: 7:30 Pacific

TV: KCOP-13, SportsNet Pacific

Enemy Reading: Nucks Misconduct

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic-Kopitar-Brown
Pearson-Lecavalier-Toffoli
King-Carter-Lewis
Clifford-Shore-Versteeg

Scuderi-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
McNabb-Schenn

Quick
(Enroth)

Injured: Gaborik, Greene, Nolan Scratched: McBain, Andreoff

Vancouver Canucks

D. Sedin-Vey-Etem
Baertschi-Granlund-Virtanen
Burrows-McCann-Vrbata
Gaunce-Horvat-Dorsett

Hutton-Sbisa
Hamhuis-Weber
Bartkowski-Biega

Miller
(Markstrom)

Injured: H. Sedin, Hansen, Sutter, Edler, Tanev Scratched: none

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Canucks
Record 37-21-4 25-27-12
Points 78 66
Division Rank 2nd (ugh) 4th (somehow)
Streak Lost 1
Won 1
Goals For/Game 2.66 2.44
Goals Against/Game 2.31
2.86
ES Goal % 51.9
46.9
ES Shot %
54.7 48.1
ES PDO 99.3
99.6
ES Corsi % 56.3 47.3
ES Fenwick % 56.0 47.6
ES Scoring Chance % 54.5 44.4
ES High-Danger SC % 54.3 54.4
Power Play % (Rank) 21.9 (5th)
18.7 (15th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 80.7 (17th)
81.7 (12th)
Starting Goalie (today) Quick Miller
Goalie Record 32-17-3 14-19-8
Save % .919 .916
ES Save % .930 .932

Notes:

  • BIG VANCOUVER NEWS: Canucks Acquire Future Considerations
  • ACTUAL BIG VANCOUVER NEWS: Henrik Sedin is injured. The last time a Sedin got hurt in advance of the Kings were facing Vancouver, LA used it to jump-start their 2012 run.
  • Every so often, Sutter puts together forward combinations which could each score on their own, though it's rather uncertain whether they actually will.
  • Part of that is due to Kris Versteeg's uncertain status; if he does play, he'll get fourth line minutes and will certainly make that line more dangerous.
  • Vancouver has the second-fewest wins in the entire NHL. Thanks to twelve OT losses, though, they're in fourth in the Pacific. Amazing.
  • Brendan Gaunce, the Canucks' 2012 first-round pick, made his NHL debut last week and is still filling in due to a number of injuries. Hopefully his luggage made it to LA.
  • Rob Scuderi/Drew Doughty: still a thing. Despite starting off next to Doughty, though, Scuderi's ice time dropped all the way to 15:10, after three consecutive games of around 19 minutes. 15 minutes might still be too much to give the man, but's it's far more reasonable.
  • The Kings have won five in a row against teams who aren't the Anaheim Ducks. Which is nice, I guess.
  • PREDICTION: Kings 3, Canucks 0.