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Kings look to continue standings climb against Canucks

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



KINGS (39-25-14) at CANUCKS (45-29-5)

7:00PM PT, TV: PRIME TICKET; RADIO: AM 790 KABC

VANCOUVER VISIT: Tonight marks the fifth and final meeting with the Canucks this season; the Kings have posted a 3-1-0 record against Vancouver. The Canucks are beginning a three-game home stand tonight; they’ve lost their previous two games and are coming off of a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. The Kings are beginning a three-game road trip tonight; they’ve won two straight games and are coming off of a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

LINEUP NOTES: No changes will be made to the Kings’ lineup from Saturday night. Mike Richards, Andy Andreoff, and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work along with the injured Tanner Pearson, so those three are expected to be healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick is expected to start.

KOPITAR – GABORIK – WILLIAMS
KING – CARTER – TOFFOLI
LEWIS – STOLL – BROWN
CLIFFORD – SHORE – NOLAN
(PEARSON – RICHARDS – ANDREOFF)
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MUZZIN – DOUGHTY
REGEHR – MARTINEZ
MCNABB – GREENE
(MCBAIN)

PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Kings have 92 points in the standings coming into the night, situating them in the Western Conference’s second and final wild-card spot. The Kings are one point behind the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division, and three points behind the Vancouver Canucks for second. Can the Kings continue to climb the standings with a win tonight against the Canucks?

FINAL TRIP: Tonight kicks off the Kings’ final road trip of the regular season; they’ve posted a 15-16-7 mark away from STAPLES Center. The Kings had a horrible start to their season on the road, winning only five of their first 23 games away from Los Angeles. The Kings, though, have won 10 of their last 15 contests played in opposing buildings, posting a 10-4-1 mark during that span. Can the Kings finish their regular season on the road on a high note?

THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous visit to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on March 12, they beat the Canucks 4-0. Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring in the first period with a power play goal, Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar followed up with goals of their own, and Marian Gaborik added an empty-netter with just over four minutes to play in regulation. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves in his shutout win. The Kings are 2-0-0 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this season.

FINDING TYLER

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the KINGS LIVE pregame show at 6:30PM PT on PRIME TICKET, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Rogers Arena for puck drop just after 7:00.

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