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Kings at Canucks preview

Vancouver aims to avoid equaling its worst start; Quick in goal for Los Angeles

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (1-1-0) at CANUCKS (0-2-0)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNP


The Game 

The Vancouver Canucks will try to avoid matching the worst start in their history when they host the Los Angeles Kings in their home opener at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

The Canucks have started 0-3-0 three times (1976-77, 2001-02, and 2009-10). Vancouver lost its first two games on the road, 3-2 at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday and 3-0 at the Calgary Flames on Saturday. 

Goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to start for the Kings, who are playing the second of back-to-back games; Jack Campbell made 26 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at Calgary on Tuesday. Quick made 25 saves in a season-opening 6-5 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.


Players to watch

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has four points (two goals, two assists) in two games. He scored the overtime goal against the Flames on Tuesday. 

Canucks forward J.T. Miller was elevated to the top line with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser after they struggled to generate offense with Micheal Ferland.


They said it

"We started the season saying everybody has to grow, whether you're 35 years old or whether you're 20 years old. You have to find a way to grow. I think our team did that." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan after a 4-3 overtime win at Calgary on Tuesday

"It will be a special night for the fans and our players, naming the captain (in a pregame ceremony) and the 50th season kickoff at home. There's a lot to be excited about." -- Canucks coach Travis Green


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Jeff Carter

Carl Grundstrom -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Tobias Bjornfot -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Austin Wagner, Joakim Ryan

Injured: Derek Forbort (back)


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Micheal Ferland -- Adam Gaudette -- Brandon Sutter

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Tyler Motte (upper body), Antoine Roussel (knee)


Status report

The Kings did not skate Wednesday morning. … Hutton will play his first game back in Vancouver since the Canucks decided not to make him a qualifying offer to retain his rights. Hutton, who spent his first four NHL seasons with the Canucks, signed a one-year contract with the Kings on Sept. 18. … Eriksson will be scratched for a second straight game. He was scratched once last season, the first time in his 14-season career.


Stat pack

Kovalchuk and Kopitar each has four points (one goal, three assists) through Los Angeles' first two games. … Horvat is two goals from 100 in the NHL.

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