NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 10th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (7-7-1) at Los Angeles Kings (7-5-3), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Canucks may be having some issues scoring 5-on-5, but
they showed in their last game just how dangerous their power play still is.
Vancouver hopes to move above .500 on its current road trip as it visits the
Los Angeles Kings, who try to win consecutive games for the first time in
nearly three weeks this evening at Staples Center.
The league's highest-scoring team a season ago, the Canucks currently rank in
the middle of the pack in even strength goals, but still possess the second-
best power play in the NHL at 26.4 percent. That number got a big boost on
Sunday in a 6-2 victory over Chicago, with Vancouver scoring five times on the
Henrik Sedin led the offense with a goal and three assists, while brother
Daniel had a goal and two helpers. David Booth, Aaron Rome and Dan Hamhuis all
scored with the man advantage as the Canucks moved to 2-2 on a six-game road
trip that ends in Anaheim on Friday.
"We haven't been good enough 5-on-5 to win games," said Henrik Sedin. "But if
we play good 5-on-5, our special teams will take care of us most games. It did
Roberto Luongo made 38 saves to earn the win, which featured the first goals
of the season by Booth and Rome. Booth also tallied his first goal in a
Vancouver uniform, while Rome scored in his first game of the season after
returning from a broken hand.
"We played a great game," Luongo said. "Obviously the boys got up for this
one. It was a big game for us."
Defenseman Sami Salo missed his third game in a row with a sore groin, while
Alexandre Burrows also missed Sunday's big win with back spasms. Both players
are doubtful for this game.
The Kings play host to the Canucks two days after snapping an 0-3-2 skid with
a win over the Predators. Simon Gagne was one of four different goal scorers
and Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves in his first start since Oct. 25, turning
aside 13 shots in the third period of a 4-3 victory.
Defenseman Alec Martinez and Drew Doughty both scored their first goals of the
season in the first period and Mike Richards added a goal in the opener of a
four-game homestand. Jarret Stoll had two assists to reach the 300-point mark
for his career.
"It was an important win for us," said Doughty. "We really had to come out of
that losing skid. We weren't happy with the way we were playing throughout
that time and to finally get the win tonight was huge."
The Kings moved to 62-0-3 in their last 65 games when leading after two
periods and tonight will try to win two straight for the first time since a
four-game win streak from Oct. 15-22.
The Canucks went 2-1-1 in their four meetings with the Kings last year and
have won seven of the past 10 meetings overall. Their 3-1 victory in the last
encounter at Staples Center on March 5 snapped a two-game series road losing
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