Without getting too much into depth here: This is going to be a great test for the Canucks. The Kings are rolling for several reasons: Anze Kopitar (leading the NHL with 21 points) and crew are scoring in bunches, the additions of vets Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi, and goaltending from Jonathan Quick. Gone are the fruitless rebuilding days with their 5-tier goalie system of recent past. For now, anyway.
The Kings took the Sharks to the shootout last night and lost. That's an impressive feat. That also means the Canucks should try get an early jump on them because they might be a little pooped out.
I just wanna throw a few stats out there for you to both instill panic and comfort all at once.
-The Kings are 5th in the NHL in goals for. The Canucks are 18th.
-The allow 3 goals per game on average, ranking them 16th. The Canucks are 10th.
-The Kings' PP is ranked 9th at 23.1% efficiency. The Canucks are 3rd at 29.1%.
-LA doesn't kill penalties very well: 73.1% ranking them 26th; Canucks rank 16th at 78%.
-The Canucks shoot more and allow less shots against per game.
-The Kings suck in the faceoff circle: 47.5% wins to rank them 26th; the Canucks much better at 51.3% ranking them 7th overall.
Check out a great post at the Fanhouse about the chemistry between Kopitar and Smyth.
There's Anze on the left
And Smitty on the right
Shoot the puck all they want
They're going down tonight
I believe the Canucks can win this. Do it boys!