With three days between games, it seems the media is getting more anxious than the players. Both Cory Schneider and head coach Alain Vigneault agreed that there was nothign new to report Sunday morning after answering reporters' questions for the past three days.
Only a small contingent of players skated for the morning skate Sunday. Zack Kassian, Aaron Rome, Andrew Alberts, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Andrew Ebbett, Byron Bitz, Aaron Volpatti and both goalies took in the day's optional.
Cory Schneider gets his first-ever playoff start at home but it doesn't change his mindset or the way he'll play tonight in an important game, regardless of the location.
"I think if anything, I think we'll come out better as a team and getting a better start than we did our last game and feed off the energy of the crowd," said Schneider about playing in front of the home fans. "For me, it doesn't matter very much if it's home or away, it's still an ice rink."
Game time is 5pm tonight on CBC.
GAME 5 FUN WITH NUMBERS
The Canucks have played in 28 Game 5s in their playoff history with an overall record of 14-14. Of the 14 wins, 11 were in regulation and three in overtime with 10 losses in regulation and four in extra time.
The team has had 16 of those Game 5s on home ice with a 9-7 record. Eight of the nine wins were in regulation with one in overtime, which was last year against the San Jose Sharks. Five of those seven losses came in regulation.
Vancouver and Los Angeles have met four times in Game 5 with the teams splitting the decision two wins each. In their most recent playoff meeting, the Canucks won 7-2 in 2010 in Game 5. The results of the other games were 5-2 for Vancouver in 1982, 7-4 for L.A. in 1991, and 4-3 OT win for the Kings in 1993. The Canucks' two wins were both in Vancouver, while the Kings have a win both at home and on the road. The only time it was a series-deciding game was in 1982, where the Canucks prevailed and made their historic run to the Cup final.
The Kings all-time Game 5 record is 12-11. They have won 11 playoff series in club history, winning six at home and five on the road. In best-of-seven series, Los Angeles is 8-7 all-time when they have a chance to clinch a series.