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The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks have developed a rivalry after meeting in two of the last four postseasons. Now they are division rivals once again.
These teams meet as Pacific Division opponents for the first time since 1997-98 when their five-game season series opens Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Vancouver (11-5-2) captured the final five Northwest Division titles before joining an expanded Pacific that has been the NHL's most competitive division so far with five teams totaling at least 20 points.
That quintet includes these teams that have some recent familiarity. Vancouver won a first-round series in six games in 2010 before eighth-seeded Los Angeles (10-6-0) returned the favor with a first-round victory in five games two years later en route to capturing its first Stanley Cup.
"Tough team," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Used to winning the division, and now they're in a bigger division, and they're trying to win it. So we've g...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist in his third game back from the minors, and Mike Richards had a goal and two assists in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Richards, Justin Williams and Toffoli scored in a 2:33 span midway through the second period for the Kings, chasing Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo...
Dan Hamhuis won the lottery. But it’s the Vancouver Canucks’ power play that needs to cash in.
With a rare man-advantage goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Canucks will stick for now with coach John Tortorella’s new power-play formation. It looks a lot like one of old coach Alain Vigneault’s power-play formations: four forwards and a lone defenceman...
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The Vancouver Canucks take on the Sharks for the third time this season tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks have lost three straight heading into tonight’s action but have dominated the Canucks so far this season.
With the odds stacked against the visitors, below are five keys to tonight’s...
As has been discussed recently, the Kings’ penalty kill has been performing well below the high standard that had developed into the team’s identity. Only the Kings and Vancouver Canucks have finished amongst the top 10 teams in penalty killing percentage in each of the last three seasons.
“Mostly it’s teams coming in here worrying about how we penalty kill instead of us...
Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 22 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks snap a nine-game losing streak to the San Jose Sharks with a 4-2 victory on Thursday night.
Brad Richardson, Mike Santorelli and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who had lost all five regular season meetings between the teams the past two seasons and were swept by San Jose...
This is one element that I don't like about the NHL. Whenever
someone is hit with a nice crisp, hard, legal bone jarring check, there has to
be a fight. This doesn’t even appear to be that hard of a check. Whatever
happened to taking a number and hitting them later in the game? It’s called
taking the license plate of the truck that hit you. I think this is one instance...
Love & Hate
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The Vancouver Canucks played one of their best games of the season on Thursday, taking down the San Jose Sharks for the first time in ten games.
The Sharks also carried a seven-game unbeaten streak into Thursday’s matchup, but couldn’t capitalize on a lucky bounce to keep the streak alive.
Love ‘em and hate ‘em the following...
Rivalry? Says who?
It’s not a rivalry until the other teams goon rips off a jersey, shreds an under shirt and a little bit of hair is pulled. That’s right, for those of you who missed the obvious reference; it was a game in Chicago in 2009 that really started the Canucks and Blackhawks rivalry.
4 years later and not quite the playoff history the Canucks and Blackhawks have,...
They are hockey's equivalent of a quick cleaning, a sure-fire way to spiff up the place before getting to the serious stuff later.
Yes, things often look a lot better after a game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres.
The Kings have been struggling on the penalty kill, dealing with injuries to forwards Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene and inconsistency...
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The Vancouver Canucks California swing continues Saturday night vs the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks have been early season road warriors, compiling a 7-2-2 record away from the friendly confines of Rogers Arena. There are no freebies in the Pacific Division! The Kings offer up another tough test for the Canucks, but I have a feeling the Canucks are fully...
Once in a while, as if to show us that no game is gravely important, the hockey gods take over and have some fun.
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks were powerless to stop their folly Thursday in a game that featured goals bizarre, grotesque and comical. The Canucks, at least, could laugh along with the gods as they beat the Sharks 4-2 to end a nine-game losing streak against...