It’s the final meeting of the year between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks, with each team recording one win so far.
The Canucks will try to win their third in a row with a rag-tag squad that resembles the Mighty Ducks before Coach Bombay showed up. They’re not that far off from insisting there’s nothing in the rulebook that says a dog can’t play hockey.
Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (15 – 9– 6) v Los Angeles Kings (17– 11–2)
Venue: Staples Center
Time: 1:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040
Los Angeles won three in a row before dropping a Thursday contest to Dallas.
Both teams are tied for fourth in the Western Conference with 36 points.
If you need more fuel on the fire between these two teams, read Doughty’s comments where he says the Coyotes whine as much as the Canucks.
What to watch: Los Angeles
Speaking of Doughty, his goal against Phoenix on Tuesday was his first in 28 games. He sits a disappointing ninth in team scoring and third among defencemen. Is it too early to ask what’s wrong with Drew Doughty?
The Kings also announced this week that they’ll visit the White House next Tuesday.
- Justin Williams-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown
- Dustin Penner-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
- Trevor Lewis-Jarret Stoll-Dwight King
- Jordan Nolan-Colin Fraser-Kyle Clifford
- Jake Muzzin-Drew Doughty
- Rob Scuderi-Slava Voynov
- Alec Martinez-Keaton Ellerby
- Jonathan Quick
What to watch: Vancouver
Take the depleted line-up that scraped out a road win over Phoenix and subtract Alex Edler and you have the hand the Canucks have been dealt this afternoon.
Edler picked a two-game suspension for his run at Mike Smith, a ruling that Mike Gillis disagrees with.
Merited or not, it happened and the Canucks have to deal with it and move forward. It means it’s all hands on deck now for this game and tomorrow’s match in Colorado, so expect a few more games of Keith Ballard playing forward.
- Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows
- Mason Raymond-Jordan Schroeder-Jannik Hansen
- Dale Weise-Andrew Ebbett-Andrew Gordon
- Tom Sestito-Maxim Lapierre-Keith Ballard
- Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
- Jason Garrison-Chris Tanev
- Andrew Alberts-Cam Barker
- Cory Schneider
For the Kings, well, they’re a relative picture of healthiness.
Another ugly 2-1 win.
Alex Edler suspended two games for his hit on Mike Smith. It was his first major penalty of his career. #Canucks
— Sportsnet Pacific (@SNETPacific) March 23, 2013
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 22, 2013
— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) March 22, 2013
Hat Trick: Schroeder with “play of the year,” Luongo trade talk, Tanev’s super power — no muscle tissue shar.es/eK0os
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) March 20, 2013
David Booth to have surgery. There’s maybe a chance he can play again this year in the playoffs.
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) March 22, 2013
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 23, 2013
— Harrison Mooney (@HarrisonMooney) March 22, 2013