Canucks-Kings Preview

BY foxsports • December 1, 2015

The last time Los Angeles faced the Vancouver Canucks, the Kings were sent to their worst home start in 30 years.

Things have certainly changed.

The Kings look to continue their home success against the struggling Canucks on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles (14-8-1) had just 15 shots while falling 3-0 to Vancouver on Oct. 13 to begin the season with three straight losses. It was the first time they had such a start at home since 1985-86.

They've put those worries to rest by winning eight of 10 at home and moving into first place in the Pacific Division.

"We obviously didn't have a good start at home ... we have to turn this home record around," defenseman Alec Martinez told the team's official website of the team's attitude following the loss to the Canucks. "I believe that was our (third) game, against Vancouver, and we weren't really happy with our starts, so you look at it that way. You also look at it as a divisional opponent. Those are a big two points up for grabs."

Los Angeles has been outscored 9-2 while losing the last three meetings with the Canucks (9-9-7). However, the Kings are on the brink of a second four-game home winning streak after Marian Gaborik's second goal completed a comeback in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against Chicago.

"It was tough, but our team never quits until the last whistle," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "It was great to get the win, and it really good for Gabby - because now he's going to get hot."

Gaborik has three goals and one assist in the last two home games after getting one point in the first 11.

Jonathan Quick will likely be in net after making 20 saves against the Blackhawks. He's 7-2-0 with a 1.87 goals-against average over his last nine home games since stopping 23 of 25 shots and taking the loss to the Canucks on Oct. 13.

He's 4-2-0 with a 1.18 GAA over his last six home matchups with Vancouver.

The Canucks were 3-0-1 after that victory in Los Angeles in October, but they've won just three of their last 13 games (3-7-3). They're also coming off their most lopsided defeat of the season, falling 4-0 at Anaheim on Monday as they were shut out for the first time.

"That's the furthest from being into a game we've been all year," Henrik Sedin said. "We knew it was a big game coming in. We did some technical stuff right, but our energy level wasn't there."

Henrik Sedin had 10 points during a six-game point streak that ended Monday, while Daniel Sedin ended his seven-gamer with 12 points. He leads Vancouver with 11 goals and 27 points while Henrik isn't far behind with eight and 23.

It's uncertain if Ryan Miller will start on back-to-back days for the third time this season. He was pulled midway through the third period Monday after allowing four goals on 29 shots.

Miller is 6-2-1 with a 1.93 GAA and two shutouts in his last nine starts against the Kings, including his 15-save effort in October.

Backup Jacob Markstrom stopped the only shot he faced Monday. He had 26 saves in a loss with Florida in his only meeting with Los Angeles on Oct. 13, 2013.



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