The Vancouver Canucks (2-2-1) close out their three-game California road trip tonight hoping to bounce back from a tough loss yesterday against the Sharks when they visit the Staples Center to do battle with the defending Stanley Cup champions, Los Angeles Kings (1-2-1).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- While their playoff series finished decidedly in the Kings' favour, the regular season series was much closer last year as the Canucks and Kings split the four head-to-head meetings. The Canucks posted a 1-1 record at the Staples Center in last year's regular season, as well as posted a 1-1 playoff record there.
- Canucks F Daniel Sedin and Kings F Anze Kopitar each had one goal and three assists during last year's regular season series to lead their respective teams.
- Canucks F Henrik Sedin (2-3-5) and Kings F Dustin Brown (4-1-5) each had five points during last year's playoff series between the clubs – a series the Kings won four games to one.
- Canucks G Roberto Luongo is expected to get his first start in eight days with Vancouver playing their second game in back-to-back nights. Luongo started all four games against the Kings in the regular season last year posting a 2-2-0 record with a 1.73 GAA and .941 save percentage. He also had one shutout.
- Kings G Jonathan Quick started all nine played games against the Canucks last season counting regular season and playoffs. He had a 2-2-0 regular season record (1.73 GAA and .941 save percentage) and a 4-1 playoff record (1.53 GAA and .953 save percentage).
- Of the 15 goals the Canucks scored against the Kings last season (regular season and playoffs) six of them came off the stick of a defenseman.
- Speaking of Vancouver's blue-line, since accounting for three of the Canucks' first five goals of the season, they haven't found the back of the net in three straight outings.
- The Kings are hoping their Stanley Cup hangover is officially over after they picked up their first win in their last outing against Phoenix. They had started the season winless in three games (0-2-1). It was the first time since 2001.02 that they went winless in three straight games to start a season.
- Canucks F Alex Burrows certainly hopes yesterday was a sign of things to come for him personally. It took five games for Vancouver's second-leading goal scorer from last season to finally find the back of the net. The Canucks had a record of 18-6-1 last season when Burrows scored.
- The Canucks have given up four-or-more goals in two of five games this season. Last time, they won just three of 16 games where they allowed four-or-more goals against (3-13-0).
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