Game Day #15: Kings-Canucks

Los Angeles Kings v Vancouver Canucks (Staples Center)

Time: 7.00 PM

TV: Fox Sports West, CBC

Kings projected lineup:

Gaborik - Kopitar - Williams
Pearson - Carter - Toffoli
King - Richards - Brown
Clifford - Stoll - Lewis

Doughty - Muzzin
Greene - Martinez


Injured: Regehr; Suspended: Voynov

Canucks projected lineup:

Sedin - Sedin - Vrbata
Higgins - Bonino - Burrows
Matthias - Horvat - Jensen
Dorsett - Vey - Hansen

Edler - Tanev
Stanton - Bieksa
Hamhuis - Sbisa


Injured: Kassian (leg), Sestito (lower body), Richardson (?)

Game notes:
  • Robyn Regehr sustained an injury in practice, so the Kings will be playing tonight with 13 forwards and 5 defencemen. Do we think Drew Doughty might hit forty minutes of ice time tonight? Fifty? Hell, just leave him on the ice full-time and let everyone else rotate around him. I don't see any way this ends terribly.
  • The Canucks have been surprisingly good to start the season, with a lot of their recent additions coming out to strong starts. Freshly acquired Radim Vrbata has been a big hit with the Sedin twins on the top line, Ryan "Silver Medal" Miller has been decent (he stole a hell of a game against the Sharks two nights ago), and former Monarch/King Linden Vey has been very strong in the bottom six (already posting seven points).
  • Neither Zack Kassian nor Tom Sestito will be playing tonight, so at least the risk of somebody's head getting exploded tonight is minimal. This game is a success already!
  • I don't really know what to say about this game. The Kings weren't able to take advantage of a tired Islanders team during their last game and this 13/5 configuration is obviously going to look pretty weird. Trying to stay off the PK/avoid that extra exertion would probably be a good plan tonight but this is the Kings so...¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Prediction: Kings win ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯