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Jan 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jordan Nolan (71) moves the puck down the ice against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Game 47 Preview: Kings vs. Canucks

Team Records:

Kings (27-14-5)

Canucks (24-13-9)

Quick Stats:

– The Kings have outscored the Canucks 8-2 in the team’s two meetings at Staples Center this season.

– Henrik Sedin has five assists in his last four games.

– The Canucks are 6-5-4 against Pacific Division rivals this season.

Preview:

Tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks will wrap up a five game home stand for the Kings. The Canucks will serve as bookends for this chunk games as they were the Kings’ first opponent of the home stand nine days ago and will close it out tonight at Staples Center.

The last time these two teams met the Kings came out on top, getting two goals from Jeff Carter on the way to a 3-1 win over Vancouver. Since that game, things have not been going too well for the Kings, going 1-1-1 in the three games since that game. Three out of six points doesn’t seem terrible, but the Kings could have easily been going into tonight’s game with a chance at a five-game sweep, rather than trying to stay above .500.

The Canucks are coming into tonight’s game with a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2014. Since the turn of the calendar year, Vancouver has gone 1-2-2, and 0-1-1 against Pacific Division opponents in that time. Tonight’s game proves to be vital in the standings as the Canucks stand just two points behind the Kings with the same number of games played.

The Canucks will get a boost with the possible return of two of their bigger name players tonight. It is reported that both Roberto Luongo and Alexander Edler will be game time decisions.

Los Angeles will try to keep up their success over Pacific Division rivals against the Canucks, they Kings have gone 9-3-1 against teams in the Pacific this season. If the Kings wish to do so they will need more of the offensive production they showed in their last meeting with Vancouver, a game where they took 49 shots and got goals from both Carter and Dustin Brown.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time.

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