Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 47 vs. Vancouver
January 13, 2014
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
At 2-1-1, the current homestand of the Los Angeles Kings certainly isn't anything to brag about but the mark is better than their most recent road trip. With that said, no one in the Kings' locker room is content with how things have been going as of late.
While they had goals from four different players against Boston on Thursday night, the silver-and-black reverted to old habits. Outside of an early goal by Drew Doughty (which was scored on a 5-on-3 man-advantage), the Kings simply could not generate any offense against a Detroit team most thought Los Angeles should have beaten. Now, Los Angeles Kings looks to rebound against a hated Canucks squad they have beaten three times already this season.
Monday night will mark the fourth of five meetings between the Kings and Canucks this season with Los Angeles, as previously mentioned, winning all three contests to date. But the Canucks have lost just three games in regulation in their last 10 and sit just two points behind the Kings for third in the Pacific. The Kings will also have to see how they fare against rookie forward Zac Delpe who has been recently promoted to the top line where he will play alongside the Sedin twins.
Should the Kings hope to return to the win column and increase their recent dominance against the Canucks, scoring won't the only priority for the silver-and-black as they will need to contain quite a few bodies on the Vancouver side.
In his last four games, Henrik Sedin has registered five assists while brother Daniel helped out with four over that stretch. Chris Higgins has also been contributing as of late, scoring a goal and adding two assists in his last four outings. On the Los Angeles side, Anze Kopitar has produced decently having registered three assists in his past four games. Mike Richards, who is still looking to end his goalless drought, does have assists in his last two games. Of course, it goes without saying that the Kings will need everyone chipping in if they hope to start putting the puck in the back of the net.
Roberto Luongo and Alex Edler will both be out of the lineup for the Canucks on Monday night. In addition, Vancouver may be without the services of Alex Burrows, Ryan Stanton and Andrew Alberts who are suffering from jaw, ankle and upper body afflictions respectively. With that said, if the Wild and Red Wings were any indication, an injury-riddled opponent will not come as an advantage to the Los Angeles Kings.
It will be another chapter of this intense Pacific rivalry as the Kings hope to make it four.
Enjoy the game!