GAME TIME: 7:00 p.m. PT. LIVE ON FS-W(HD)
Los Angeles Kings Projected LineupDustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jarret Stoll Brad Richardson – Andrei Loktionov – Trevor Lewis Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Trent Hunter Rob Scuderi – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Jack Johnson – Matt Greene Jonathan Quick
News & Notes: The Kings are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. After killing 45 straight penalties the Kings have allowed 4 power play goals in the last 3 games. This game concludes a 3 game all Canadian road trip for the Kings. They are 1-0-1 so far on the trip. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was generally happy with the first two games:
That’s a pretty good explanation for our start. We got three out of four points in Alberta. I’m all right with that. I’ll take the point.- Darryl Sutter
Expect the unexpected: Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier was supposedly going to get the start for the Kings in Edmonton, but Jonathan Quick led the team onto the ice in practice and played the entire game. The Kings and Canucks season series is even at 1-1. A 3-2 Canucks win followed by a 4-1 Kings win.
Projected LineupDaniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – David Booth Mayson Ramond – Cody Hodgson – Jannik Hansen Max Lapierre – Manny Malholtra – Dale Weise Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa Alexander Edler – Aaron Rome Keith Ballard – Alexander Sulzer Roberto Luongo
News & Notes: Roberto Luongo is 7-1-1 with a Goals Against Average of 1.39 in his last 9 home starts versus LA. Vancouver has been on a mid season tear, they are 19-6-2 in the last 27 games an their stellar play has put them in the lead in the Northwest division.
*** Oppositon Blog: The Canuck Way ***
Matchup Thoughts: The Kings will be entering a building where they have lost 8 or the last 9 games at. If the Kings want to make the road trip a success, getting a win in Vancouver is key. Anything less will be just OK. Jonathan Quick will need to have an outstanding game, and the Kings will need to get it done by committee tonight because Vancouver’s great depth. Disclipline is key tonight. The Kings have allowed 4 power play goals in the last 3 games now and Vancouver’s power play is at the top of the league at 23.8%.