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Game Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings

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The Canucks wrap up their first (brief) road trip of the season against the Kings tonight in Los Angeles.

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Vancouver Canucks (2-0-1) at Los Angeles Kings (0-2-0)

Time 7:30 PM PT TV Sportsnet Vancouver
H2H (2014/15) 3-1-1 Kings Last Meeting 2-1 (SO) Canucks - April 6
The Enemy Jewels From The Crown Scoring Leaders

VAN: Daniel Sedin (1-2-3)

LAK: Nick Shore (1-0-1)

Canucks Category Kings
2-0-1 Season Record 0-2-0
5 Points 0
1st Division Position T-6th
Won 1 Streak Lost 2
8 (T-7th) Goals For 2 (27th)
5 (T-10th) Goals Against 9 (T-26th)
11.1 (T-24th) Power Play % 0.0 (T-27th)
83.3 (11th) Penalty Kill % 81.8 (T-12th)
33 (8th) Shots Per Game 30.5 (T-13th)
32.3 (22nd) Shots Against Per Game 27 (8th)

CANUCKS NOTES

The Canucks are looking to wrap up their first road trip of the season on a high note when they face the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the Staples Center. The Kings dominated the first part of the season series last year, winning the first three matchups by a combined score of 12-3. Vancouver was able to finally figure out the Kings late in the season, winning the last two games of the year between the two teams.

The Canucks are off to a strong start, earning points in all three of their games so far. Last night, Ryan Miller delivered a brilliant performance in net against the Ducks, allowing just one goal on 29 shots faced, eventually poke checking a shot away from Corey Perry in the shootout to seal the win. Adam Cracknell scored a second period goal from a tough angle to even things up and Miller was able to carry the Canucks into the shootout with some impressive saves. Alex Burrows scored the decisive goal in the shootout, helping seal the deal on an impressive win.

Ryan Miller will likely get the start in net again tonight as this is the first back-to-back of the season and two days off coming up after the game. He has a GAA of 1.60 to start the season. Last year against the Kings, Miller struggled, posting a GAA of 4.24.

We'll see if tonight is finally the time for Jake Virtanen to make his NHL debut. Anytime the Canucks post a tweet about the lineups and Virtanen's number isn't in it, the comments pretty much tell the story of what the fans want. #FreeVirtanen

KINGS NOTES

The Kings are off to a shaky start this season, losing two straight games and losing big. In their first two games of the year, the Kings have been outscored 9-2 in losses to the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes. Jonathan Quick has struggled and the fans aren't afraid to let him know. During Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Coyotes, Quick was showered by boos during a lackluster performance.

Milan Lucic is off to a slow start with his new team, getting off just one shot on net in his first two games. The Kings are hoping he can return to his old self and provide an offensive spark. But despite his slow offensive start, Lucic has been a physical presence while on the ice, registering nine hits thus far.

The Kings are without third-line forward Dwight King, who will miss the next 8-10 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken foot. King broke the foot in LA's preseason finale while blocking a shot.