In the final road game of the season for the LA Kings, the team has a chance to play spoilers again, this time against the Vancouver Canucks.
Tuesday night the Kings knocked off the Edmonton Oilers to officially flush their playoff hopes and while the Canucks have already clinched a post-season berth, LA can ensure Vancouver fails to capture the Northwest Division title by beating the home side tonight.LINEUP CHANGES
As expected, Kyle Calder will return to the Kings lineup and skate alongside Teddy Purcell and Brian Boyle on the second line. Calder, who has 27 points (8-19-27) in 73 games this season, was a healthy scratch against the Oilers. His return bumps Brad Richardson
from the lineup for the fourth time in five games.NOTES
The Kings haven’t had an issue getting up for road games this season as they’ve collected at least a point in 19 of 40 games and if LA can pick up its 17th win of the season at GM Place, it’ll be the team’s highest road win total since 2001-02.QUOTESJonathan Quick Reflecting on the season for the team and himself:
"It’s been a great time, we’ve got good guys on the team here and I’ve gotten a lot of help these past couple months on the ice, the team’s been great and that’s helped me play well for the team."On the benefit of having the uber knowledgeable Bill Ranford as a goalie coach:
"He’s a great guy, he knows a lot about the game and he’s really helped not only me but Erik and the other goalies in the system, he’s really helped us out a lot. He’s been around the game, he knows the game really well and it’s good to have someone like that that you can talk to anytime."Alexander FrolovOn playing the role of spoiler:
"Absolutely it’s fun, we’ll try our best to do that and Vancouver’s a really good team and we know how we have to play and we just have to play as a team and really battle hard and compete and hopefully we’re going to win."Looking back on the up and down season that was:
"I think this season was better than the last couple for sure and we were in the playoff hunt for most of the season and it’s really sad we didn’t make it but I think we had good progress this year and we played really good and we’re going to make it next year."Dustin BrownOn what the team focus is and will be to close out the season:
"These are key games, whether we’re in the playoffs or not these are playoff like atmosphere games, Vancouver is fighting for the division and we play San Jose who is fighting for the President’s Trophy, so they’re both kind of fine-tuning their game for the playoffs so it’s a good test for us to see how we react and how we perform in that atmosphere."On getting fired up to face the Canucks in Vancouver:
"When it comes to the atmosphere, it’s easy to come and play here. It’s exciting for players, whether you’re Canadian or not, just the atmosphere in a Canadian building and not just Vancouver but all across Canada it’s always fun to play in Canada. The fans bring a lot of energy to the game and it always seems to be pretty intense games when we play Canadian teams."
On his recent scoring surge:
"I don’t know, I think it’s just hard work and I’m starting to get bounces. Even though it’s so late in the year it’s still good to see and it feels good. I’m trying to fire off more shots here and Terry is putting in more offensive situations where I can capitalize on them and it’s working out."
On the success the Kings have on the road this season:
"We’ve just been keeping it simple and playing good road hockey, just getting it in deep and making their defensemen turn, and keeping it simple in our own zone and making the first pass we see."
On his prediction for who will win the Masters:
"We’ve got a Masters pool going right now and I’ve got Jimmy Furyk. I think he’s minus-2 so far this morning, so that’s my top guy."
Compiled by Derek Jory | Special to LAKings.com