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Preview: Kings Visit Vancouver, Will You C It?

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The Canucks’ very first opponent on October 9, 1970? The Kings!

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

How To Watch

Game Time: 7:00 PM Pacific

TV: NBCSN

Radio: LA Kings Audio Network

Opposition: Nucks Misconduct

What To Watch

It’s a tough back-to-back for the Los Angeles Kings on the road. Tonight is another stop in Western Canada, as the Kings visit the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings won last night in Calgary. They combined for nine goals in total in their first two games of the season. After all those goals, it brought them only one overtime win.

Pacific Division matchups also mean that every point matters, and squandering a 3-0 lead is not ideal. However, the most important thing is that the Kings beat the Flames. What about the Canucks? Vancouver will announce its captain prior to the game later tonight. Look for Bo Horvat to get the C on his jersey.

What about party spoilers? That would be the perfect role for the Kings. Besides that, they should correct their defensive issues, because while they’ve scored nine goals, LA has also given up nine goals. That’s not ideal by any means.

Last time the Kings visited the Canucks late in March last season, it was Tanner Pearson scoring a game-winner in the shootout. Of course, a former King. Last campaign marked two overtime games between the Kings and the Canucks in British Columbia, the first one back in November, was won by the away team after Dustin Brown’s OT winner.

Who is hot, and who is not? Drew Doughty had four points in Calgary and Edmonton, while the same applies to Ilya Kovalchuk. Tyler Toffoli recorded two points last night. Jonathan Quick, after surrendering six goals on Saturday, will be looking for redemption. The Canucks had the exact same opposition as the Kings to begin the season. However, Vancouver lost both games in Edmonton and Calgary.

Projected Canucks Lineup

Miller-Pettersson-Boeser
Pearson-Horvat-Leivo
Ferland-Gaudette-Sutter
Schaller-Beagle-Virtanen

Edler-Myers
Hughes-Tanev
Benn-Stecher

Markstrom

Projected Kings Lineup

Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown
Kovalchuk-Kempe-Carter
Toffoli-Lizotte-Grundstrom
Lewis-Amadio-Clifford

Bjornfot-Doughty
Roy-Martinez
Hutton-Walker

Quick
Campbell

Kings Notes

Former King, Oscar Fantenberg, celebrated his birthday on Tuesday. He probably isn’t paying tonight, so there won’t be any on-ice birthday wishes.

Another former Kings player is on the move... Jonny Brodzinski is on waivers.

Will we C another round of this later tonight? Well, what kind of celebration it should be? Any suggestions?

The Canucks open their 50th NHL season celebration tonight against the Kings at home, just the same way as in 1970. Look for the same result!