Kings At Canucks Preview: The Depths

Time Monday, 7:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 1-0 L.A.
Last Meeting
5-1 Kings, Nov. 9/13
The Enemy Jewels From The Crown, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 6-18-24
Kopitar: 6-16-22

KINGS
CATEGORY
CANUCKS
15-6-3 SEASON RECORD 12-9-4
33 POINTS 28
7th CONFERENCE POSITION 9th
Lost 2
STREAK Lost 1
6-1-3 LAST 10 3-4-3
7-3-1 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 5-5-2
2.50 (21)
GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE 2.56 (18)
2.08 (4) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.48 (14)
1.10 (10) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 1.04 (13)
18.9 (14) POWER PLAY % 11.5 (28)
83.5 (12) PENALTY KILL % 89.2 (1)
31.6 (8) SHOTS/GAME AVG 32.8 (3)
55.6 (1) FACEOFF WINS % 50.9 (12)
764 (2) HITS
459 (24)
254 (29) BLOCKED SHOTS 368 (6)
99 (24) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 92 (15)
NHL.COM

I went on a bit of a tirade after the Canucks' loss to the Blackhawks, pissing and moaning about the Canucks' inability to score and lack of depth up front. Now it could come into play again against the Kings, who are one of the stingiest teams defensively in the NHL. Let's face it, I don't want to be right here. I want the team to win and kick ass. But man oh man if the Sedins or Kesler don't score the Canucks don't often win.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

In the month of November, the Kings are 6-1-3. They have scored 25 goals in those 10 games, and allowed a piddly 13 goals against. Take notes, Canucks, because if you are not going to score goals, you are going to have to play defence like these guys do and win games THIS WAY.

The Kings play big, too, as you can see by their hit total in the table above. They play the Canucks tough, especially the Twins. The Kings hold a 3-2 edge over the Canucks in the last 5 meetings.

TOP 5

1. Anze Kopitar: 6-16-22

2. Justin Williams: 9-9-18

3. Mike Richards: 5-13-18

4. Drew Doughty: 4-8-12

5. Slava Voynov: 3-7-10

PROJECTED KINGS ROSTER

Brown - Kopitar - Williams

King - Richards - Toffoli

Carcillo - Stoll - Frattin

Pearson - Vey - Clifford

Muzzin - Doughty

Regehr - Voynov

Mitchell - Martinez

Ben Scrivens in goal. The guy they got from the Leafs.

HE SAID IT

"When they're not creating offence, they're kind of slack on the defensive end."

-Drew Doughty talking about the Sedins. (Thank you, Province, and f*** you, Doughty.)

CANUCKS MISC.

-Zack Kassian is the newest doghouse victim for coach Tortorella. After a lousy shift or 2 against the Hawks, Torts benched Kassian for the rest of the game. Kass only played just over 4 minutes total.

-"I'd rather have 37 shots than 15 and keep believing you're doing the right thing." -Alexandre Burrows.

-"Good teams win one-goal games and right now we're not winning them. Is it frustrating? Yeah. Nobody likes to lose, especially when you have games like this (vs Chicago). There are opportunities and pucks are bouncing over our sticks. It's bad luck, but we've got to fucking bear down." -Ryan Kesler. Clearly frustrated.

TRENDS

  • Kings are 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Kings are 17-5 in their last 22 Monday games.
  • Kings are 8-18 in their last 26 road games.
  • Kings are 2-5 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games.
  • Canucks are 20-6 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Canucks are 3-15 in their last 18 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Really?
  • Canucks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific.
  • Those stats courtesy of Covers.com, who also have the Canucks winning this one at a 59% consensus.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Passive Voice: 10

gmonk33: 8

Bobby Canuck: 7

Geordie Nuck: 7

marcness52: 7

Coach Ryan: 6

FormerHab: 6

Nathaniel Perlow: 6

Tengeresz: 6

Zanstorm: 6

nucksandpucks: 5

Twitchy2010: 5

jwolf0: 4

Tim Burke: 4

Azzy Mahmood: 3

itsahardknocklife: 3

Nose_Face: 3

westy99: 3

AK_nuk: 2

kiwinuck: 2

Nathan k: 2

Smoboy41: 2

vancitydan: 2

Vancouverguy: 2

Brock: 1

canuck89: 1 (Cracks the list! Welcome!)

ChuckinNux: 1

Kent Basky: 1

patrik e: 1

prairienucker: 1 (Cracks the list! Welcome!)

seedvt: 1

thesporteditor: 1

VIDEO

This will make your day:

The title of this Game Preview post has been brought to you by Nine Inch Nails. A real dreary song. Fitting:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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