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The Vancouver Canucks take on the Los Angeles Kings tonight for the first matchup of the season between division rivals.
The Canucks are coming off an emotional win in San Jose while the Kings shutout the Sabres on Thursday, setting the stage for two confident teams to go at it tonight on Hockey Night In Canada.
Below are five keys to tonight’s game between the Canucks and Kings.
Carry It Over
The Canucks iced one of their best games of the season on Thursday and will need to bring a similar effort tonight in act two of their California adventure.
A bad bounce and some bad defence lead to goals for the Sharks on Thursday but with a clean slate the Canucks are expected to provide a much tougher test for the Kings after their comfortable 2-0 win over the Sabres.
Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Ryan Kesler were all held without a point during Thursday’s game against the Sharks and will be looking for an opportunity to bounce back tonight in Los Angeles.
Look for the twins to find the score sheet once again tonight.
The line combined for 11 shots on goal in San Jose and has been dominant since John Tortorella decided to unite his top talent.
Look for Beastmodo to find the score sheet tonight.
Kopitar Killing It
After a slow start Anze Kopitar has begun to pick up his play lately, putting together a three-game scoring streak heading into tonight’s action.
Kopitar has five points over his last three games and deserves special attention from Roberto Luongo and the Canucks tonight.
Penalty Kill Problems
The Kings are having one hell of a time killing penalties lately. Los Angeles has allowed 6 goals on 24 opportunities over their last six games but will be happy to see Vancouver’s 27th ranked power play come to town tonight.
The Canucks need to get back to basics and take advantage of a struggling Kings penalty kill unit tonight at the Staples Center.
Power On Power
The Canucks have the NHL’s second best penalty kill unit coming into tonight’s game, but John Tortorella’s shot blockers will have a tough test tonight against the red hot Kings. LA has scored six power play goals over their last four games, including two goals each for Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar.
The Canucks would be best to play with discipline rather than tempt a clicking Kings power play tonight.
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Corey Perry certainly has his head in the game. The Anaheim winger has been on a scoring rampage as of late, recording five goals in the past five games, but he really outdid himself against the Canucks. In a play that should award Perry the goal and the assist, the Duck played the puck off of his head before settling it down and slapping it past Roberto Luongo with his stick. As...
Love & Hate
Boxscore | NWSB Post-Game Recap
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...
Saturday November 9 Los Angeles Kings 5 - Vancouver Canucks 1
Ouch. Not even sure I want to post the highlights from Saturday's tilt, but here we go:
During the lockout season, the Vancouver Canucks went 2-0-1 against the then-champion Kings, putting to rest all the bad blood that boiled during the 2012 playoffs. On Saturday night, we saw *those* playoff Kings againâthe...
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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...
The Vancouver Canucks travel to Anaheim for their second of back to back games tonight to wrap up their four game road trip. How will the Canucks respond after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings? Read on to find out.
If there was one game to miss so far this season, I sincerely hope you chose this one. The Canucks marched into the Staples Centre...
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...
After four days of much needed rest, the Los Angeles Kings continue their home stand against the worst team in the league, the Buffalo Sabres. The Kings superstar Goaltender Jonathan Quick got his first shutout of the year as Los Angeles took down Buffalo, 2-0. The Los Angeles netminder denied 19 shots by Buffalo with some top skill that had him dancing all over the crease. He had...
A win is a win no matter how it is achieved. The Kings will take any victory they can get right now as they do sit 5th in the Pacific Division. The Pacific Division is arguably the hardest division in the NHL with league point leaders the Anaheim Ducks as well as the San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings just are not playing at the same level as these teams as their offense...
Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey spent the first month of the season as highly successful linemates in the minors. Now that they're roommates with the Los Angeles Kings, they're still making good things happen together.
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...
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...
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...
A few notes on last night's loss against Los Angeles:
The Sabres have been playing their best hockey of the season since they have been on this west coast trip. It's only two games but they actually look like an NHL team.
It's weird saying that after a 2-0 loss, but the Sabres could have scored a few times. Jonathan Quick was very lucky he earned a shutout. Quick...
Jonathan Quick earned his 300th NHL win by shutting out the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in front of his home fans at Staples Center on Thursady night.
At the other end of the rink, Jhonas Enroth did what he could do to give his team a chance to win. In the end, PPGs from Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar killed the Sabres.
My biggest takeaway from the game is this blind side head hit that Kings forw...
Canucks gameday links: NWSB Matchup Insight | NWSB Preview + Prediction
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...