Preview: Kings at Canucks
Los Angeles clinging to playoff hopes; Loui Eriksson could return for Vancouverby Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent
KINGS (36-33-7) at CANUCKS (30-37-9)
10 p.m. ET; SN360, SNP, FS-W, NHL.TV
Kings team scope
The Los Angeles Kings trail the Nashville Predators by 10 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Los Angeles has six games remaining and the Predators have five games left. "We need to win every game," forward Nick Shore said. "The goal of this team is to stay in the fight and right now we're still in it." The Kings are coming off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, their second win in the past six games (2-4-0). Los Angeles had an optional morning skate Friday and based on practice in Vancouver on Thursday there could be some new forward lines. Jonny Brodzinski, who played his first NHL game March 25, replaced Jarome Iginla on right wing of the top line, with Iginla moving to the second line and Tyler Toffoli dropping to the third. "We're fighting for our lives so we're going to do that tonight," said left wing Kyle Clifford, who moved from the fourth to the second line. "It's not over until it's over." Jonathan Quick, who is 4-4-0 in his past nine games having given up 16 goals in that stretch, will be in goal after Ben Bishop made 25 saves against the Flames.
Canucks team scope
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher will return from injury and forward Griffen Molino will make his NHL debut. Molino was signed to a two-year contract as a free agent Tuesday after his season at Western Michigan University ended. The 23-year-old had 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 40 games this season and will make his debut on the fourth line. "My best asset is my speed," he said. "I try bring that every shift and my hockey IQ and play-making ability. Forward Loui Eriksson is a game-time decision after missing 11 games with a knee injury. "We haven't really decided yet if I am going to play," Eriksson said Friday. "We'll see how it progresses through the day. It's still not quite there." Stecher missed one game with a shoulder injury sustained Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets but wanted to come back even though the Canucks, who are 2-7-2 in their past 11 games, have been eliminated from the playoffs. "I want to show these guys I am willing to put my body on the line to help compete and win hockey games with them," said Stecher, who leads Vancouver defensemen with 24 points.
Kings projected lineup
Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Jonny Brodzinski
Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Jarome Iginla
Dustin Brown -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Paul LaDue
Brayden McNabb -- Alec Martinez
Scratched: Nic Dowd, Andy Andreoff, Jordan Nolan, Kevin Gravel
Injured: Matt Greene (back)
Canucks projected lineup
Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Michael Chaput
Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser
Reid Boucher -- Brandon Sutter -- Nikolay Goldobin
Griffen Molino -- Drew Shore -- Alex Biega
Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev
Ben Hutton -- Nikita Tryamkin
Scratched: Philip Larsen
Injured: Loui Eriksson (knee), Joseph Cramarossa (lower body), Jack Skille (ankle), Jayson Megna (upper body), Markus Granlund (wrist surgery), Brendan Gaunce (hand), Jacob Markstrom (knee surgery), Anton Rodin (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Derek Dorsett (neck)
Andreoff likely will be a healthy scratch after playing 2:10 and having 34 penalty minutes against the Flames. … If Eriksson plays, it will be on left wing of the Sutter line, with Boucher moving to right wing and Goldobin likely a healthy scratch. … The Canucks sent Joseph Labate to Utica of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to make room for Molino.
Kopitar has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past 10 games. … Boeser has two goals in three games.