Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2011-12 season:
Game 76 @ Vancouver
March 26, 2012
7pm PST (10pm EST)
Hoping to rebound from their tough loss on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Kings embark on their final road trip of the season (the four-game variety) which starts tonight in Vancouver where they will take on the hated Canucks for the fourth and final time this season.
Despite going a subpar 4-5-1 in their last ten, the Canucks have won two-straight and remain second in the West. While the Kings are fighting for a playoff spot, Vancouver’s aiming higher as they have their sights set on the President’s Trophy.
They may be 7-3-0 in their last ten and playing their best hockey of the season but that doesn’t mean that the Los Angeles Kings are out of the woods. They need to keep playing well if they want to playing more hockey after April 11. Dallas, who leads the Kings for the Pacific lead by a single point, is in Calgary tonight, while Colorado and San Jose, who are each tied with Los Angeles for the final playoff spot, square off tonight. Essentially, tonight’s tilt at Rogers Arena is one the Kings have to get at least a point out of.
The Canucks will be without Daniel Sedin who has a concussion. Although that’s a significant chunk of Vancouver’s offense missing, don’t expect the Kings to take their opponents tonight lightly.
After losing their first meeting, the Kings have won their last two meetings with the Canucks and look to go for the trifecta tonight. Despite being 4-6-1 in his 11 starts against the Canucks, Jonathan Quick has posted a boastful 1.88 goals-against average against them.
Anything goes tonight and the Kings look to leave VanCity with a pair of big points.
Enjoy the game!