NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 13th (All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (24-13-9) at Los Angeles Kings (27-14-5), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Having recently snapped a five-game losing streak, the Vancouver Canucks don't have much time to play into the revenge game versus the Los Angeles Kings.
Instead, the Canucks will just be trying to string together back-to-back wins when they visit the Kings on Monday night.
These two Pacific Division clubs clashed in Los Angeles on Jan. 4, with the Kings beating the Canucks for the third time in as many meetings this season. The 3-1 decision gave Los Angeles a victory in six of the last nine encounters and in seven of the previous nine played in L.A.
Roberto Luongo made 46 saves for the Canucks and played the entire game despite getting crashed into by the Kings' Dustin Brown. Luongo, though, has not played since due to an ankle injury suffered on the play.
While the Canucks were understandably not happy with Brown's tactics, coach John Tortorella wants his club to remain focused ahead of tonight's rematch.
"We need to play our game," Tortorella told Vancouver's website. "L.A. plays in the blue, that's part of hockey. We need to play in the blue. We need to protect our blue."
Though Luongo was able to take part in practice on Sunday, he is not expected to play tonight. That means Eddie Lack will get the call and he has started eight of Vancouver's last nine games while Luongo has dealt with two different injuries.
Lack made 30 saves in Friday's 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues, while Mike Santorelli and Zac Dalpe scored goals to help snap the Canucks' losing streak.
"Lack was really good tonight. He made key saves. It's a big win for us," said Tortorella.
Defenseman Alexander Edler also took part in practice on Sunday and could return tonight for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Dec. 3.
The Kings began a five-game homestand with the win over the Canucks and have gone 2-1-1 on the stay. That regulation loss came on Saturday, a 3-1 setback to the Detroit Red Wings.
Drew Doughty scored the lone goal for the Kings in the first period, while Jonathan Quick turned aside 23-of-26 shots.
"I think starting the second period we had several opportunities where we didn't shoot the puck," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Those are really 1-1 games so leaving it until the third there is a chance you are not going to get a reward for a great effort."
Los Angeles sent 45 shots on net, including a team-high eight by Mike Richards. He had an assist, but saw his stretch of consecutive games without a goal reach 21.
Quick made 27 saves in the Jan. 4 win over the Canucks, while Jeff Carter scored twice. Brown also scored.
Quick is 8-10-1 with a 1.93 goals against average in his career versus Vancouver.
01/13 10:40:58 ET