NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
"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
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
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