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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Los Angeles- Mar 4/17

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3 California teams in 4 nights? Not good for cheering on the team, but definitely good in that it's going to help them stay in the race to get a shot at picking first overall. That being said, it sure would be nice to be a speed bump to LA's chances of making the playoffs.

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

7:00 PM PT - Staples Center- Los Angeles, CA

TV: CBC - Radio: TSN 1040

Spoiler. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines it as "one (as a political candidate) having little or no chance of winning but capable of depriving a rival of success". And while it's true there's a lot of hockey left to be played, the Canucks can certainly do their part to bring some misery to the rotten cesspool that is the fanbase of the LA Kings. Every little bit helps, and they're doing the rest of the hockey world a solid, when you think about it.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Kings
28-30-7 SEASON RECORD 31-27-6
59 Points 68
6th Division Position 5th
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
2.25 (28)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.44 (25)
2.86 (21)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.45 (5)
14.4 (28) Power Play % 17.3 (21)
77.4 (26) Penalty Kill % 84.9 (4)
51.6 (8) Faceoff Win % 50.3 (12)
8.1 (25)
Shooting % 7.9 (28)
48.8 (22)
Corsi For % 54.5 (2)
98.8 (23)
PDO 98.5 (25)

Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com

THE OPPOSITION

Regardless of how you feel about the Kings, they are responsible for one of the best stories of the year in the NHL. When giant man-baby Jonathan Quick went down with an injury early in the season, many wrote off the Kings. No one changed their mind when they brought in Peter Budaj after Jack Campbell and Jeff Zatkoff couldn't hold down the fort. Budaj kept them in contention until Quick's return, and was promptly thanked by being sent off to Tampa for Ben Bishop. Gotta love that, right? Just another reason to hope for the Kings to miss the post season.

They also made a couple other moves, sending Dwight King to Montreal for a conditional 2018 4th rounder, and bringing in Jarome Iginla's dusty ol' balls from Colorado for the same price. Does this help the Kings? Not particularly. Iginla's regression was pretty plain to see by anyone who subjected themselves to the torture of watching Avalanche games this year. Iginla's been a superstar and worthy of Hall Of Fame discussion, but that doesn't make him a difference maker for a Kings team that, apart from Jeff Carter, has been struggling to score.

THE CANUCKS

So much news this morning, so let's start off with the biggest tidbits. First, Nikolay Goldobin has got his immigration issues sorted and will be in the lineup for the Canucks tonight. Now the big question is the usual one: what kind of usage are we going to see from Willie? Will the kid be given a fair shot? Lines haven't been announced yet, so we'll see who he will be starting off with when they're posted.

Of course, we do have this nugget...


The Canucks also announced the signing of undrafted forward Zack MacEwen.


Ryan Miller will likely get the start tonight, meaning Richard Bachman will probably get the nod against Anaheim tomorrow. I say probably because we all know how this goes.

And it is a solemn day in Canucks history, as 3 years ago today the best damn goalie this franchise ever had was traded to the Florida Panthers. I still have not been able to come to terms with the way they handled this whole mess. I probably never will.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Was going through some old CD's the other day, and I came across all of my old Knuckletracks samplers from the great and sorely missed Canadian metal mag Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles (they still operate online, and are a must for metal info). Each issue came with a kickass compilation that helped me discover tons of bands. This song was featured on Knuckletracks 2, some wicked old school blackened death from Sweden's NECROPHOBIC.