No rest for the wicked as the Vancouver Canucks hit the ice for practice Friday morning following a disappointing 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets a night earlier.
Absent from practice were the likes of Alex Burrows, Derek Dorsett, Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian, although Richardson and Kassian skated alongside Ryan Stanton, Adam Clendening and Brandon McMillan with skills coach Glenn Carnegie prior to today’s skate.
That being said, neither Richardson or Kassian will travel to Los Angeles with the team Friday afternoon, meaning they’ll miss Saturday’s game against the Kings and Sunday’s tilt in Arizona with the Coyotes.
Burrows and Dorsett are traveling and will play, confirmed coach Willie Desjardins, who said he plans on splitting the back-to-back games between his goaltenders, with Eddie Lack facing the Kings.
Here’s the rest of coach’s comments:KINGDOM COME
It’s understandable if your excitement for Canucks/Kings games has been replaced with fear.
Los Angeles has owned Vancouver in all three meetings this year outscoring the Canucks 12-3, including a 4-0 Kings win on March 12th.
This is the second last time these teams will meet this year and if the Canucks can’t find a way to dethrone the Kings, LA will match Vancouver in points with 84 (regulation win).
“We’re fighting with them and if we make the playoffs, there’s a chance we’d play them in the first round, so it’s a team that we have to establish our game against,” said Kevin Bieksa.
“We’ve played some big games this year, we’ve gone into some tough buildings and found ways to get wins, we have to go in there tomorrow and we have to be ready for them. We know what they bring, they’re great on the walls, they’re a big, strong team, they play hard and we’ll have to be ready to battle them.”
Having already moved past their loss from a night earlier, the Canucks were only focused on the Kings post-practice, but with how Vancouver performed against Columbus, Bieksa was questioned about why he thinks the Canucks will show up against the Kings.
“It’s a mindset. It’s a game that will be easy to find emotion, it’s a rival in the West, the last three games have been teams from the East and out of the playoffs, not that that’s an excuse, but this will be an easy one to get up for.”
Eddie Lack is 1-2-0 with seven goals against in three career starts against the Kings and he’s excited for the challenge of facing them in Los Angeles.
Radim Vrbata also spoke about Saturday’s matinee game in California.BABY MILLER
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