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Quick starts in goal for Los Angeles; Vancouver seeks fourth straight win

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (16-20-4) at CANUCKS (19-15-4)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, FS-W, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The Vancouver Canucks will try for a season-best fourth straight win when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

The Canucks have outscored opponents 13-7 in their three-game winning streak, all at home, including a 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Vancouver is playing its first game since the three-day Christmas break, and it is the first game of a back-to-back.

The Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime on Friday after losing their previous two games. Los Angeles is 4-1-2 in its past seven road games.


Players to watch

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will start for the Kings. He is 0-2-0 with a 6.55 goals-against average and .824 save percentage against the Canucks this season.

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak. Boeser has five points (three goals, two assists) in two games against the Kings this season. 


They said it

"I don't think you'll see us putting up the dividing line between the first and the second half. I think a lot of players have grown and we need to continue on with what we're doing and not let them off the hook or promote them too much, just let them grow." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on nearing the halfway point of the season  

"He's just a good hockey player. He does a lot of good things that probably go unnoticed. I think when he has his legs, his skating legs, he's an effective player at both ends of the rink. He's got a sneaky shot." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on forward Tanner Pearson, who has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games 


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli  

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Martin Frk -- Jeff Carter -- Nikolai Prokhorkin  

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff  

Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy  

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Kale Clague

Injured: Dustin Brown (illness), Trevor Lewis (upper body), Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort (back) 


Canucks projected lineup

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

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen   

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Tim Schaller  

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher  

Oscar Fantenberg -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jordie Benn

Injured: Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Brandon Sutter (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Tyler Graovac (upper body)  


Status report

Brown will miss his second straight game. … The Canucks are expected to use the same lineup that played against the Oilers after holding an optional skate Saturday. 


Stat pack

The Canucks are 2-0-0 against the Kings this season and have outscored them 13-5. … Pettersson has five points (two goals, three assists) in two games against the Kings this season. … Iafallo has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak.  

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