Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings: Preview, Lineups

The Vancouver Canucks will try to deliver fans (and themselves) a late Christmas present with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Well, the 2016-17 season hasn’t gone according to plan for the Vancouver Canucks. That being said, 2017 begins in a few days, and they have the chance to end a sour year on a sweet note against a division rival.

Vancouver Canucks

OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 14-18-3

Home Record: 10-6-2

2015-16 Record vs. Kings: 2-2-1

Goals For: 86

Goals Against: 109

Power Play: 13.5% (29th)

Penalty Kill: 79.8% (21st)

Leading Scorers: Daniel Sedin (35 GP –– 10 G – 12– A — 22 PTS), Henrik Sedin (35 GP – 7– G – 15– A – 22 PTS)  Bo Horvat (35 GP – –10 G – 11 A – 21 PTS)

Injuries: Erik Gudbranson (wrist, day-to-day), Philip Larsen (upper body, day-to-day), Alexander Edler (broken finger, late December/early January), Derek Dorsett (neck, out for season), Jannik Hansen (knee, four-six weeks)

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WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

Daniel Sedin: The Kings have a knack for neutralizing him. Can Daniel dethrone the Kings’ D for once?

Bo Horvat: The up-and-coming star gets a chance to use his talents against one of the NHL’s biggest teams.

WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

Chris Tanev: The Canucks’ defence is that much better with Tanev on the ice. Can his return help the rest of the core when it comes to consistency?

WHO’’S IN NET:

Ryan Miller: He’s not known for being a Kings killer. Maybe tonight’s different.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Loui Eriksson
Markus Granlund — Brandon Sutter — Anton Rodin
Sven Baertschi— Bo Horvat— — Alex Burrows
Brendan Gaunce — Michael Chaput — Jack Skille

Ben Hutton — Chris Tanev
Luca Sbisa — Troy Stecher
Nikita Tryamkin — Alex Biega

Ryan Miller
Jacob Markstrom

Los Angeles

OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 17-13-4

Away Record: 7-9-3

2015-16 Record vs. Canucks: 3-2-0

Goals For: 87

Goals Against: 84

Power Play: 16% (21st)

Penalty Kill: 84.7% (7th)

Leading Scorers: Jeff Carter (34 GP -–19 G – 10– A – 29– PTS), Tyler Toffoli (32 GP -– 8 G – 12– A – 20– PTS), Alec Martinez (34 GP – 6– G – 13 – A – 29– PTS)

Injuries: Jonathan Quick (groin, out until March), Tyler Toffoli (lower body, day-to-day), Brayden McNabb (arm, day-to-day)

WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

Jeff Carter: He’s the only guy who can score consistently on the Kings. Carter is saving their season and is on pace to hit 40-plus goals.

Anze Kopitar: He’s not putting up his usual numbers, but Kopitar is lethal at both ends of the ice.

WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

Drew Doughty: Arguably the NHL’s best defenceman so far this season, Doughty usually succeeds in shutting down the Canucks’ top line.

WHO’’S IN NET:

Peter Budaj: From the minors to the Kings crease, Budaj has found new life as a starter.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Marian Gaborik — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson —– Jeff Carter — Devin Setoguchi
Dwight King —– Nic Dowd — Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford —– Andy Andreoff — Nick Shore

Derek Forbort –— Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin –— Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel –— Matt Greene

Peter Budaj
Jeff Zatkoff

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