Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 25 @ Vancouver
November 25, 2013
7pm PST (10pm EST)
The Los Angeles Kings hit the road looking for points in their tenth-straight game. Of course, they would rather grab a pair on Monday night instead of settling for one like they had in their previous two games. Hopefully, a date in Vancouver will put the Kings back on the winning track.
Monday evening will mark the second of five meetings between the Kings and Canucks with this being the first tilt of the season at Rogers Arena.
In their first meeting of the season back on November 9, the Kings sent the Staples Center faithful home happy with a convincing 5-1 win over their hated Pacific rivals. En route to the win, the Manchester trio of Toffoli, Vey and Pearson lit up the scoreboard with the former earning his first-career multi-goal game in the NHL. In addition, the Kings chased Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo who had entered said contest on a hot streak. While the Kings do hope for the same luck against Luongo on Monday, they will need to rediscover their scoring touch which has been absent in the last couple of games.
While they did run into a hot goaltender in Cory Schneider on Thursday, the Kings’ offense had no answer against the Devils, who they ultimately lost to in overtime by a 2-1 score. Then on Saturday, the Kings could only manage 19 shots against the red-hot Avalanche who won 1-0 in overtime.
Despite their offensively-anemic ways up front recently, the Kings have been blessed with outstanding goaltending from Ben Scrivens and a defensive unit that proved just as reliable.
At 12-9-4, the Canucks sit five points behind the Kings in the division standings and hope that after Monday night, they’ll be even closer. If Vancouver hopes to win, they will need, among others, Ryan Kesler to keep up his scoring ways as he has registered a goal and two assists in his last four games.
Aside from scoring, matchups between the Kings and Canucks are usually always filled with quite a bit of drama from the Sedins getting leveled or other players taking dives to dropping the gloves. Monday night should prove to be no exception. The Kings just hope they can leave Vancouver with a win when the madness is all said and done.
Enjoy the game!