Vancouver is first in the NW Division and 2nd in the Western Conference. Kings are in 8th battling to stay in the playoff race. That makes for exciting hockey! You hear talk about rivalries lately with the Ducks and yes, they are close but the real rivalry for King’s fans is the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks beat us in the playoffs and knocked us out for the season. That, to me, constitutes a very real competition. The Kings will come out physical against Vancouver. That seems to throw them off. After Boston Beat them for the Stanley Cup last season, the Kings took notice of how they did it and have come out hitting to win the series 2-1 so far this season. Besides, you know you want to see a few hits on Kessler and the Sedins. You’re lying if you say otherwise. Oh! and here is a bonus for you – dirty rat, Aaron Rome is out tonight with something or other injured.
Kings have really been playing hard to keep in the playoff race. It truly is sad though, that with how tight the teams are, 6 wins in a row still only gets you 8th place. And that’s with help from a few teams around us losing. Next year, I want to see them move far ahead so we won’t have such minor heart attacks each fricken game at the end of the season!
Vancouver has actually slumped a bit lately. They had a great start and have now gone 6-4-1 in their past 11 games. They have lost more games than they have won at home so that works to our advantage. Besides Rome, Daniel Sedin is out with a concussion. I do not wish anyone ill, but I’m also going to be a little happy that he will not be in the lineup as he is the twin that scored the most on us.
A Few Notes:
- Kings have a 71.4% chance of making the playoffs as of noon pst.
- Quick had allowed two or fewer goals in five consecutive starts.
- Voynov has three goals and one assist in his last seven games.
- The Kings scored 21 goals over their six game win streak.
- Kopitar has 7 goals and 7 assists in the last 14 games.
Quick is in goal tonight and Drewiski, Richardson and Westgarth are healthy scratches. I wonder if they will play again this season? I know things have gone great and we don’t want to mess with a good thing, but I at least thing Richardson should be rotating in and out on the 4th line with Nolan. Just makes sense to me but I’m not the coach. We start a four game road trip tonight and then go to Calgary, Edmonton and Minnesota.
# 23 Brown– # 11 Kopitar – # 14 Williams
# 74 King– # 10 Richards – # 77 Carter
# 25 Penner – # 28 Stoll – # 22 Lewis
# 13 Clifford– # 24 Fraser – # 71 Nolan
# 7 Scuderi – # 8 Doughty
# 33 Mitchell – # 26 Voynov
# 27 Martinez –# 22 Greene
# 32 Quick
# 45 Bernier
#21 Mason Raymond – #33 Henrik Sedin – #9 Zack Kassian
#7 David Booth – #17 Ryan Kesler – #14 Alexandre Burrows
#20 Chris Higgins – #26 Samuel Pahlsson – #36 Jannik Hansen
#27 Manny Malhotra – #40 Maxim Lapierre – #32 Dale Weise
#23 Alexander Edler – #3 Kevin Bieksa
#2 Dan Hamhuis – #8 Christopher Tanev
#41 Andrew Alberts – #5 Marc-Andre Gragnani
#1 Roberto Luongo
#35 Cory Schneider
Go Kings Go!!!