Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/2/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Dwight King of the Los Angeles Kings skates against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on September 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Saturday Night’s All Right for Regicide The break is finally over and the Vancouver Canucks are back in action tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s been a weird few days in Canuck land so it’ll be nice to distract from all the off-ice drama with some actual hockey. It’s Saturday night and the rival Kings are in town, it can’t be any better. Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (10 – 5– 4) v Phoenix Coyotes (10 – 6–2) Venue: Rogers Arena Time: 7:00 pm PT TV/Radio: CBC, Team 1040 Game Notes The Kings are hot, having won five in a row, while the Canucks have been limping along since the return of Ryan Kesler. Thankfully, perhaps, they don’t have to worry about that anymore. It’s the second meeting of the year between the two clubs, and the season series wraps up three weeks from today when the Canucks are in LA. The Kings have owned the Canucks What to Watch: Los Angeles As mentioned, the Kings are red hot and so are their star players. Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards have combined for 17 points during their five game win streak as the Kings are finally shaking off the early season rust and returning to their patented boring brand of hockey. The Kings have owned the Canucks in the recent past, winning seven of the last nine games. Line-up Justin Williams-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown Trevor Lewis-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Dwight King Kyle Clifford-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan Jake Muzzin-Drew Doughty Rob Scuderi-Slava Voynov Keaton Ellerby-Davis Drewskie Jonathan Quick What to Watch: Vancouver Ok let’s recap this week. Aaron Volpatti was placed on waivers, presumably to clear a roster spot for Steve Pinizzotto, only to have Ryan Kesler reveal a couple hours later that he’s been playing with a broken foot. The Canucks countered by picking off Tom Sestito from waivers off of the Flyers. So Volpatti was lost to Washington while Kesler was lost to the IR for four to six weeks. The new healthy Kesler really didn’t last that long. Meanwhile, Cory Schneider will get the nod in net after blaming himself for Tuesday’s loss against Phoenix because he felt like he wasn’t making the big saves. It’s been a frustrating week and the Canucks would love to throw it away and come out with two points tonight. Line-up Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows Chris Higgins-Mason Raymond-Jannik Hansen David Booth-Maxim Lapierre-Zack Kassian Tom Sestito-Jordan Schroeder-Dale Weise Alex Edler-Chris Tanev Dan Hamhuis-Keith Ballard Andrew Alberts-Jason Garrison Cory Schneider Injuries As mentioned, Ryan Kesler is out till sometime in April. In happier news, Kevin Bieksa is skating and could play tonight or tomorrow in Calgary. For the Kings, Alec Martinez will be a game time decision. Prediction A win would go a long way toward calming this city down. Game Day Tweets Media Release: #Canucks claim Tom Sestito off waivers. Andrew Ebbett sent to Chicago. v.canucks.com/VT0NBz — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 1, 2013 New Post Up! Los Angeles Kings vs. Canucks betting odds and handicapping preview – #Vancouver #Canucks nwsb.co/9u-mp — Northwest SportsBeat (@NWSportsBeat) March 2, 2013 #Canucks, meet the Millionaires. instagr.am/p/WU0PU1tOJL/ — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 1, 2013 Unofficial official release: Triple Crown will now be known as the Brendan Gaunce fan club. bit.ly/15o5whF #Canucks — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 2, 2013 After skating with the #Canucks yesterday, Malhotra spoke with the media for the first time since his announcement. v.canucks.com/15lhf0o — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 1, 2013 #Canucks claim Tom Sestito off waivers. — Sportsnet Pacific (@SNETPacific) March 1, 2013 Mason in the middle, Sestito joins the #Canucks and Schneider gets the nod. #Canucks Report – bit.ly/Z3cuDh — Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 1, 2013 #Canucks recall Andrew Ebbett from the Wolves. — Sportsnet Pacific (@SNETPacific) February 28, 2013 New Post Up! Canucks announce Ryan Kesler out weeks with fractured foot – #Kesler #Vancouver #Canucks #NHL nwsb.co/u54ft — Northwest SportsBeat (@NWSportsBeat) February 28, 2013 CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY ON NWSB!
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