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Kings, without Regehr, look to shut down surging Canucks

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

CANUCKS (10-4-0) at KINGS (7-4-3)


WHALE WATCH: Today marks the first of five meetings with the Vancouver Canucks this season. Vancouver is amidst a four-game road trip, with three of those games in California. The Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night, and have won six of their past seven games. In California last season, the Canucks went 1-6-1, including a winless 0-3-0 mark against the Kings at STAPLES Center.

REST FOR REGEHR?: Robyn Regehr left Friday’s practice early in El Segundo with an undisclosed injury, and is doubtful for tonight’s game. Due to the Kings’ salary cap issues, they are just short in funds to be eligible to call up a defenseman from the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. Because of the situation, the Kings will likely dress a short roster tonight, going with 13 forwards and five defensemen. Justin Williams, who missed Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders, is expected to return to the lineup tonight.

RICK ON A ROLL: Mike Richards, who assisted on the Kings’ only goal Thursday night, comes into tonight’s bout riding a four-game point streak, and has points in five of the last six games (2G, 3A). Richards, in five games against the Canucks last season, registered a combined four points (2G, 2A) in those contest. Can Richards continue his impressive start by extending his point streak tonight?


MILLER TIME: Ryan Miller, who signed a three-year contract with the Canucks in July, comes into the night with the most wins this season of any NHL goaltender. Miller has a 10-1-0 record in 11 starts this season, but has gotten plenty of help from his offense – the Canucks boasting the league’s third-best offense, averaging 3.21 goals per game. Miller made 34 saves against San Jose Thursday night in the Canucks’ 3-2 win. Miller made one start against the Kings last season in a Buffalo Sabres uniform, making 43 saves in a 3-2 shootout win on November 12 of last season.

THE LAST TIME AROUND: In five games against Vancouver last season, the Kings were quite successful, posting a 4-1-0 record. The Kings won all three meetings at STAPLES Center, outscoring the Canucks 9-2; Jonathan Quick stopped 80 of the 82 shots he faced in those three wins against Vancouver on home ice.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: Tonight will be the first of seven games that the Kings will honor the Military this season as part of the club’s ‘Military Mondays’ campaign. The Kings will wear special camouflage uniforms during warm ups that will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds benefiting the Kings Care Foundation.


WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 6:30PM PT, followed with the live broadcast from Bob and Jim on scene at STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:00PM PT

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