Kings Look for Sixth Straight In Vancouver

 

Preview: The Kings (10-6-2; 22 points) travel to Vancouver to play the slumping Canucks (10-5-4; 24 points) tonight at 7. A week ago Los Angeles was last in the Pacific Division but after five consecutive wins they sit in second just behind the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks stand on top of the Northwest Division but have gone on a lull dropping two straight and collecting only two wins in their last seven games.

With the teams heading in different directions look for a fast and open first period. The Kings have had more success in the beginning of games creating pressure leading to scoring opportunities. Cory Schneider is expected to start in the net for the Canucks and has split time all season with Robert Luongo. Schneider is 5-4-1 on the season, allowing 2.72 goals a game and a .908 save percentage. Luongo started in the Canuck’s most recent 8-3 embarrassment against the Red Wings.

The Kings have also been rotating goalies over the past couple weeks. Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Quick has quietly put together a solid season. Quick’s record has suffered because of the Kings inability to score in the beginning of the season. Quick is 6-5-2, allowing 2.42 goals a game and a save percentage of .906.

In 2006 the Kings selected Jonathan Bernier in the first round and 11th overall. Bernier has proved to be a great contributor giving Quick a chance to take games off without having the team skip a beat. Bernier is 4-1, allowing 1.64 goals a game and a .931 save percentage. Bernier started in net Wednesday against the Red Wings, allowing only one goal in a fast and physical game.

Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar have been red hot over the last five games. Carter leads the Kings with 11 goals on the season and has scored in each of the last five games. Anze Kopitar has elevated his game from prolific goal scorer to prolific goal scorer/ unselfish facilitator. The assistant captain has scored twice over the last five games and has six assists.

The Canucks depend on the Sedin brothers  to score. Daniel and Henrik lead the team in practically every statistical category and have an uncanny ability to find each other near the net. Unfortunately, Vancouver will face the Kings without center Ryan Kesler. Kesler is out with a broken foot.

Team Statistics:

 

Goals/g

 GA

   PP

  PK

 S/G

 SA

 F/O

  Kings

   2.56

 2.28

15.5%

81.6%

29.5

25.4

51.3%

Canucks

 2.74

 2.53

17.7%

 79.7%

 28.0

28.0

49.2% 

 

 

Team Leaders:

 

 

Kings

Canucks

Points

Anze Koptar: 17

Jeff Carter: 13

Mike Richards: 13

Daniel Sedin: 20

Henrik Sedin: 18

Alexander Edler: 12

Goals

Jeff Carter: 11

Anze Kopitar: 6

Dustin Brown: 6

Daniel Sedin: 7

Alexandre Burrows: 5

Mason Raymond: 5

Assists

Anze Kopitar: 11

Mike Richards: 9

Drew Doughty: 8

Henrik Sedin: 15

Daniel Sedin: 13

Dan Hamhuis: 9

+/-

Slava Voynov: 12

Trevor Lewis: 8

Justin Williams: 7

Henrik Sedin: 12

Daniel Sedin: 8

Alexandre Burrows: 7