T-minus 18 games to go...
Vancouver is 48 hours removed from shocking the Sharks on their ice who may have been bored beating up on the Canucks earlier in the week.
Of course it wouldn't be one step forward for this team without slipping three or four back: Henrik Sedin (upper body) and Chris Tanev (upper body) join Hansen, Sutter and Edler on the shelf. It'll be a kid-riffic Monday night against a Cup-caliber opponent, what could possibly got wrong?
Speaking of wrong...
Get involved kids.
Human Guinea Pig Formations
Daniel Sedin - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem
Sven Baertschi - Markus Granlund - Jake Virtanen
Brendan Gaunce- Bo Horvat - Derek Dorsett
Alexandre Burrows - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega
Milan Lucic - Anze Kopitar - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Jeff Carter - Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson - Vincent Lecavalier - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Nick Shore - Kris Versteeg
Rob Scuderi - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb - Luke Schenn
It's like a NHL vs AHL team. Ryan Miller is going to lose his mind.
Lucic has the plum job of playing alongside Kopitar and only has 15 goals. Hansen has 19 alongside the Sedins. Lucic and Hansen have similar OZS% (57.8% to 57% respectively). Baertschi has 13 markers and sports a OZS% of 48.5%. Even Vrbata has 12 goals and no one in the league wanted to touch him even at a considerable discount. So remind me again why some Vancouver fans still dream of signing Lucic north of $5 million a season this summer?
Down their top center and missing their top shutdown pairing against a group like Los Angeles doesn't bode well. Maybe the PP will come alive again, but lighting rarely strikes twice. 4-2 Kings.
Dare to dream.