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Preview: Canucks at Kings

Goaltender Peter Budaj to start in place of injured Jeff Zatkoff for Los Angeles; Vancouver goes for fifth straight win

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (4-0-0) at KINGS (1-3-0)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, FS-W, NHL.TV

 
Canucks team scope

The Vancouver Canucks, who have won their first four games, will go for the best start in their history. They have allowed six goals, with goaltender Jacob Markstrom seeing most of the work. His 1.65 goals-against average in three games was third in the NHL entering Saturday.

Coach Willie Desjardins did some minor shuffling of the lines at the morning skate in an attempt to "get guys going." Right wing Jake Virtanen will play in his third game of the season; he was a healthy scratch in a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Desjardins said Virtanen practiced hard and deserved a chance to play. Virtanen skated with Loui Eriksson and Bo Horvat on the third line. "I played my first NHL game here (at Staples Center), so it's exciting to get back in," Virtanen said. "We have a good lineup, and I have to prove I belong."

 

Kings team scope

The Los Angeles Kings lost another goaltender when Jeff Zatkoff injured his groin at the morning skate. Zatkoff was helped off the ice and into the dressing room at the practice facility in El Segundo. The Kings said he is questionable with a groin strain. Peter Budaj will start in place of Zatkoff. The Kings lost goalie Jonathan Quick to a groin injury in the season opener at the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12 and will be without him for three months. Budaj, who began the season with Ontario of the American Hockey League, made his first start Thursday at the Dallas Stars, allowing three goals in a 4-3 overtime win. "I thought he made the necessary saves," coach Darryl Sutter said. "I think that now, the challenge for someone like Peter, who's trying to re-establish himself, is to do it back to back."

 
Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Sven Baertschi

Markus Granlund - Brandon Sutter - Jannik Hansen

Loui Eriksson - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen

Alexandre Burrows - Brendan Gaunce - Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton - Erik Gudbranson

Luca Sbisa - Philip Larsen

Jacob Markstrom

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Jack Skille, Alex Biega, Nikita Tryamkin

Injured: Anton Rodin (knee), Tom Nilsson (undisclosed)

 
Kings projected lineup

Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Devin Setoguchi

Andy Andreoff - Nic Dowd - Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort - Tom Gilbert

Peter Budaj

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Matt Greene, Teddy Purcell, Jordan Nolan

Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Zatkoff (groin), Marian Gaborik (broken foot)

 
Status report

The Kings are expected to recall Campbell from Ontario to back up Budaj. … Eriksson did not skate on the top line with the Sedins. He was moved down to the third line and replaced by Baertschi.

 
Who's hot

Markstrom has allowed one goal in each of his past two starts. … Sutter has a Canucks-high four points over the past three games. … Daniel Sedin has two goals and an assist.

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