Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 19 @ Vancouver, March 2, 2013, 7pm PST (10pm EST)
Sunday, April 22, 2012 in many ways feel like eons ago. That was the last time the Los Angeles Kings were in Vancouver to take on the Canucks. As everyone is well aware, that was the night the Kings shocked much of the hockey world by eliminating the Canucks thanks to Jarret Stoll’s overtime-winner that sent the President Trophy winners packing. While a lot of time has passed, there certainly isn’t any love lost between the two West rivals as they face off on Saturday night as (for all you watching in Canada) the late game of CBC‘s weekly Hockey Night in Canada.
Saturday’s matchup will mark the second of three meetings between the Kings and Canucks this season with Los Angeles drawing first blood on January 28 in a 3-2 shootout at Staples Center. It was after that night when the Canuicks’ goaltending controversy became more heated as Roberto Luongo, rumoured to be on his way out of Van City, played magnificently despite the loss stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced. With that said, don’t be the least bit surprised to see Bobby Lou between the pipes again.
The Canucks, who are again without Ryan Kesler, are looking to halt their two-game losing streak while the Kings are looking for a win in their sixth-consecutive outing and hoping to make some distance between themselves and the logjam in the West that currently sees seven teams separated by just a single point.
As great as they’ve played in the third period as of late, the Los Angeles Kings needed better starts should they hope to continue their winning ways. After a slow start, the team has been clicking on both sides of the puck and nothing would be more satisfying than silencing the Canucks faithful like they did last April.
Of course, if the Kings want to keep on winning, they will have to find ways to contain the Sedin twins who lead the Canucks with 20 and 18 points respectively not to mention whichever netminder they face whether it’d be Luongo or Cory Schneider.
Whichever you look at it, Saturday night’s tilt has all the makings of being a great contest and all the Kings want is to start March off the same way they finished February.
Enjoy the game!