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Thursday, October 29th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (6-6-0) at Los Angeles Kings (8-4-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Canucks are heading to California for a pair of games. However, goaltender Roberto Luongo isn't going with them.

Vancouver will be without its top netminder for tonight's game versus the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

The Canucks won't have Luongo for this contest or Friday's game versus Anaheim because of a hairline rib fracture suffered last Saturday versus Toronto. Luongo, who missed 24 games last year with a groin injury, played the next game following the injury, but aggravated it on Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to Detroit after halting 37-of-42 shots faced.

"It happened in the third period against Toronto," Luongo told his team's official Web site. "It was a band angle shot. I went one knee down against the post and the puck just hit me in the seam of my chest protector. The next day was a bit uncomfortable but I was able to play through it without any problems. [Tuesday night], during the first period it aggravated itself, not on a particular play, it just gradually got worse."

Cory Schneider was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League to back up Andrew Raycroft, who will get his first start of the season tonight after making a pair of relief appearances. Raycroft is 1-3-0 with a 4.93 goals-against average versus the Kings.

Luongo wasn't the only player to suffer injury versus the Red Wings, as Ryan Johnson was removed from the game on a stretcher early in the second period after falling awkwardly into the boards head first while trying to get around a defender.

Johnson was reported to be alert with full movement and was taken to the hospital for further observation.

In Tuesday's game, Henrik Sedin scored twice, while Mathieu Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff both scored. Schneider's goal was his first in a Vancouver uniform and came in his second game after he missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury.

Vancouver, which had a three-game winning streak halted, could get Sami Salo back into the lineup tonight. Salo hasn't played since October 11 due to a knee injury and is a game-time decision.

The Kings were in action last night and dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Sharks, ending a four-game win streak and falling into a tie with San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.

Jonathan Quick faced six skaters in the shootout and was beaten twice after making 29 saves in regulation and overtime. Alexander Frolov had a goal, giving him three tallies and four assists since being made a healthy scratch last week.

"It was a very even game," said Kings coach Terry Murray. "We played very well in the first period. I thought we held a little bit of an edge, but they came back with a strong second. Both teams had a couple of opportunities in the third."

The Kings, 4-1-0 at home this year, were without Justin Williams for a fourth straight game because of a lower-body injury and he remains questionable for tonight.

Los Angeles lost three of four to Vancouver last year and has lost four of the last six played at the Staples Center in the series.

10/29 10:52:13 ET


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