The Vancouver Canucks play the Los Angeles Kings for the 2nd time in less than two weeks with a Monday night 7:30pm tilt at Staples Center. All Pacific Division games are important, but the Canucks will be sure to want to avenge an embarrassing 3-1 loss on January 4th. The Canucks were thoroughly dominated in the last two periods of that game and Captain Dipshit (aka Dustin Brown) accidentally on-purpose ran Roberto Luongo.
The Canucks surprised almost everyone (except Rob The Hockey Guy) with a 2-1 win vs the St. Louis Blues Friday night at Rogers Arena. The Blues dominated the games at times, but the Canucks had a much better overall effort and Eddie Lack was solid again. The Canucks still managed to scare the crap out of everyone watching with a somewhat panic-ridden last 30 seconds in the Canucks defensive zone with the Blues’ goalie pulled for the extra attacker. It took a Jason Garrison puck spike from the back row with less than 10 seconds to go in order to secure the victory. At the very least, the win vs the Blues was a step in the right direction and one to build on.
The Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. They are having a lot of trouble scoring goals and have lost 7 of their last 9 games. Unfortunately 1 of those 2 wins came against the Canucks. The Kings seem to have the Canucks’ number since the 2012 playoffs. They obviously do not like the Canucks and the feeling is mutual.
The Canucks are starting to get healthy with Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, and Roberto Luongo all sited at practice. Luongo and Burrows aren’t cleared to play yet, but it appears Alex Edler is ready to go (Edler was taking a regular turn with Corrado/Weber at practice). Here’s how the Canucks lines looked at practice today:
D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Dalpe
Higgins – Kesler – Kassian
Sestito – Richardson - Hansen
Archibald – Santorelli – Weise
Hamhuis – Tanev
Garrison – Bieksa
Edler – Weber
The pretend Larscheid report…
1. Win the Special Teams Battle
- It seems any game vs the Kings seems to be a low scoring affair. This makes special teams crucial. The Canucks need to continue their superiority on the penalty kill and cash in on a power play or two. The Canucks are currently ranked 23rd on the power play, while the Kings are 24th. Vancouver is 1st on the penalty kill, with the Kings ranked 8th.
2. Captain Jerkpuck
I did the game preview for the January 4th game vs the Kings and this tidbit on Dustin Brown is even more relevant.
Dustin Brown is a complete annoyance on the ice and has been called the “King of the Jerks”. Brown has notoriously gotten under the Canucks skin and has added more than his fair share of offensive production vs the Canucks over the years. The Canucks would best to focus on their own game and ignore Captain Dipshit!
3. Run Quick
The Kings are going to run Eddie Lack. We saw what the Kings did to Roberto Luongo on January 4th and it is time that the Canucks start doing the same to Jonathan Quick. The Dustin Brown crap needs to be answered. I’d love to see the Canucks knocking Quick around all night.
The Canucks are coming off a good win vs the Blues and I’m getting tired of the Kings beating us. For karma’s sake alone I have to pick the Canucks onthis one. The Canucks win 3-1.
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