Tale of the Tape: Canucks @ Kings (1.28.13)
|Team Record: 2-2-1
Last Game: 1-4 L at San Jose (JAN.27.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-2 OT/L (APR.22.12)
|Team Record: 1-2-1
Last Game: 4-2 W at Phoenix (JAN.26.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 OT/W (APR.22.12)
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).
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Tonight's game faces off at 7:30 pm PT and can be seen coast-to-coast in Canada on TSN. Listen live on The TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.
Those away from a TV or radio can follow @CanucksGame on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
THE CANUCKS WIN IF...
One of the reasons the Canucks made a strong pitch to nab free agent Jason Garrison during the off-season was because of the offence he promised bring to the table from the back end. Last season, the White Rock-native had a breakout year tallying 16 goals – good for third among all NHL defensemen – and 33 points.
The Canucks have seen Garrison's rocket shot unleashed on occasion in the early part of this season but they are hoping to see some of those shots actually hit the net, especially on the power play where he scored nine of those 16 goals he had with the Panthers a year ago. Garrison has averaged two shots per game this season but has yet to find the scoresheet as a Canuck.
A newcomer to Western Conference, tonight will be just Garrison's fourth career game versus the Kings. He has one assist in three previous career outings against Los Angeles.
It wasn't too long ago that Dustin Brown was earning rave reviews for his dominating play during his team's Stanley Cup run last spring. The Kings could certainly use a vintage playoff-type performance from Brown sooner rather than later.
The Kings' captain was an unstoppable force during Los Angeles playoff run leading his team in scoring with eight goals and 20 points in 20 games but he's been a shadow of his post-season self to start this year. He's managed just a single assist in four games played and has a team-worst minus-four rating.
The Canucks certainly hope they get to see regular season version of Brown as opposed to playoff version. Last year, the 28-year-old went point-less in four regular season outings against the Canucks but had four goals and five points in the five playoff match-ups versus Vancouver. Tonight will be Brown's 600th career NHL game.
Game Notes on Canucks.com are written by Daniel Fung. Follow him on Twitter @daniel_fung or e-mail him at email@example.com.
2012.13 Regular Season
2012.13 Regular Season
For the Canucks...
F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are on the injured reserve list.
For the Kings...
D Matt Greene (back) and D Willie Mitchell (knee) are on the injured reserve list.
2 – Wins needed for Coach V to reach 400 career NHL victories.
6 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (751) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
8 – Wins for the Canucks last season when appearing on TSN (8-2-1).
45.9 – Faceoff win percentage for the Canucks this season. Only Buffalo (40.1) has a worst faceoff win percentage.
225th – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Kings. Vancouver leads the all-time series 97-90-37.
@taj1944- Kassian your next mission is Dustin Brown.
@pattersonjeff- Back to where he lost his job, Luongo will be asked to lift #Canucks to win over team that chased him from the starters spot.
@FakeBrookWard- Meantime, Canucks need some PK help. I'm expecting Mark Kirton and Gerry Minor to be called up. #dointhedamage #livininthepast #NHL
The 2012 playoffs are a distant memory now for the Kings but it's still worth recalling just how dominant their run to their franchise's first Stanley Cup was. Not only did the Kings post a 16-4 playoff record – tied for second best in NHL playoff history since the league moved to four best-of-seven rounds – they also set several other records en route to capturing the championship.
Among the historic feats they accomplished during their run to the Cup included winning an NHL-record 10 straight road games (they finished 10-1 away from the Staples Center), becoming the first eighth-seeded team to win the Stanley Cup, and being the first team to eliminate a No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seed in the playoffs.