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Los Angeles Kings vs. Canucks Game 20 notes, prediction & tweets!

Saturday Night’s All Right for Regicide

The break is finally over and the Vancouver Canucks are back in action tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.

It’s been a weird few days in Canuck land so it’ll be nice to distract from all the off-ice drama with some actual hockey.

It’s Saturday night and the rival Kings are in town, it can’t be any better.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (10 – 5– 4) v Phoenix Coyotes (10 – 6–2)
Venue: Rogers Arena
Time: 7:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: CBC, Team 1040

Game Notes

The Kings are hot, having won five in a row, while the Canucks have been limping along since the return of Ryan Kesler. Thankfully, perhaps, they don’t have to worry about that anymore.

It’s the second meeting of the year between the two clubs, and the season series wraps up three weeks from today when the Canucks are in LA.

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The Kings have owned the Canucks

What to Watch: Los Angeles

As mentioned, the Kings are red hot and so are their star players. Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards have combined for 17 points during their five game win streak as the Kings are finally shaking off the early season rust and returning to their patented boring brand of hockey.

The Kings have owned the Canucks in the recent past, winning seven of the last nine games.

Line-up

  • Justin Williams-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown
  • Trevor Lewis-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
  • Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Dwight King
  • Kyle Clifford-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan
  • Jake Muzzin-Drew Doughty
  • Rob Scuderi-Slava Voynov
  • Keaton Ellerby-Davis Drewskie
  • Jonathan Quick

What to Watch: Vancouver

Ok let’s recap this week.

Aaron Volpatti was placed on waivers, presumably to clear a roster spot for Steve Pinizzotto, only to have Ryan Kesler reveal a couple hours later that he’s been playing with a broken foot. The Canucks countered by picking off Tom Sestito from waivers off of the Flyers.

So Volpatti was lost to Washington while Kesler was lost to the IR for four to six weeks. The new healthy Kesler really didn’t last that long.

Meanwhile, Cory Schneider will get the nod in net after blaming himself for Tuesday’s loss against Phoenix because he felt like he wasn’t making the big saves.

It’s been a frustrating week and the Canucks would love to throw it away and come out with two points tonight.

Line-up

Injuries

As mentioned, Ryan Kesler is out till sometime in April. In happier news, Kevin Bieksa is skating and could play tonight or tomorrow in Calgary.

For the Kings, Alec Martinez will be a game time decision.

Prediction

A win would go a long way toward calming this city down.

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