Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 12/31/11
The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:
Capitals 3, Sabres 1
Senators 4, Flames 3 (OT)
Rangers 4, Panthers 1
Predators 2, Blues 1 (SO)
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2

RLD 3 stars of the night:
1. Alex Ovechkin, WSH (2 goals)
2. Pekka Rinne, NSH (35 saves)
3. Daniel Alfredsson, OTT (1 goal)
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Tonight’s slate:
Oilers @ Islanders, 1:00 ET
Penguins @ Devils, 3:00
Hurricanes @ Lightning, 5:00
Coyotes @ Wild, 6:00
Canadiens @ Panthers, 7:00
Senators @ Sabres, 7:00
Maple Leafs @ Jets, 7:00
Blues @ Red Wings, 7:00
Capitals @ Blue Jackets, 7:00
Bruins @ Stars, 8:00
Avalanche @ Ducks, 8:00
Canucks @ Kings, 10:00

Game of the night:
Vancouver Canucks @ Los Angeles Kings
10:00 ET… TV: CBC, Local Networks

Records:
Overall: Canucks (24-12-2) … Kings (18-14-6)
Away/Home: Canucks (13-7-1) … Kings (10-9-1)
Last 10: Canucks (7-2-1) … Kings (5-3-2)
Season Series: 1-0 Canucks

Players to watch:
VAN- The Sedins
Henrik and Daniel have combined for 37 points in 14 December games.
LA- Anze Kopitar
Kopitar has not scored a goal in December. He’s due.

Starting goaltenders:
VAN- Roberto Luongo (2011-12 stats: 16-7-2, 2.44 GAA)
LA- Jonathan Quick (2011-12 stats: 16-10-5, 2.09 GAA)

Injury report:
VAN- Chris Higgins (hand, doubtful), David Booth (knee, out), Aaron Rome (thumb, out), Aaron Volpatti (shoulder, out)
LA- Simon Gagne (concussion, out), Scott Parse (hip, out)

Game thoughts:
Whenever the Canucks and Kings meet up, it feels almost like a playoff game. It obviously stems back to their playoff meeting two years back, but these two do not like each other. Vancouver, who has been playing lights-out since mid-November, won their first meeting of the year in November. Meanwhile, the Kings have responded under Darryl Sutter. I think that will continue for L.A., as they eek out two points against the Canucks tonight.
Prediction: Kings 2, Canucks 1 (SO)

The rest of today’s predictions:
Islanders over Oilers
Penguins over Devils
Lightning over Hurricanes
Coyotes over Wild
Panthers over Canadiens
Sabres over Senators
Maple Leafs over Jets
Blues over Red Wings
Capitals over Blue Jackets
Bruins over Stars
Ducks over Avalanche
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