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Preview: Canucks at Kings

Goaltender Ben Bishop starts for Los Angeles; forward Nikolay Goldobin to make Vancouver debut

by Forrest Lee / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (26-30-7) at KINGS (31-27-6)

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

 

Canucks team scope

Forward Nikolay Goldobin is expected to make his debut for the Vancouver Canucks, who acquired him and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the San Jose Sharks for forward Jannik Hansen on Tuesday. The 21-year-old, selected by San Jose with the No. 27 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has two points (one goal, one assist) in 11 NHL games. "It's great, feeling good," Goldobin said after the Canucks morning skate Saturday. "I'm ready to go for the game." Forward Sven Baertschi had an assist after returning to the lineup Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Sharks. Baertschi, who has 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists), missed nine games with a concussion from a hit on Feb. 7 by Nashville Predators forward Cody McLeod. The Canucks, who have lost four straight, defeated the Kings 2-1 on Dec. 28 at Rogers Arena. Goaltender Ryan Miller (16-19-4), who made 36 saves in the win, will start. Vancouver is nine points behind Los Angeles for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Canucks are 2-2-1 in their past five games against the Kings.

 

Kings team scope

Goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to make his second start for the Los Angeles Kings, who acquired him along with a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak and a seventh-round and a conditional pick in the 2017 draft on Feb. 26. Bishop made 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Kings, who have points in four straight games (2-0-2), will play the Canucks for the third time this season; they split the previous two. "You can't take a team like this too lightly," said Kings forward Dustin Brown, who is two points shy of 500 in his NHL career. "There are a lot of youngbloods real hungry trying to make an impression. They're still kind of there [in the playoff chase], so we've just got to be ready." Forward Jarome Iginla, acquired from the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional pick in the 2018 draft on Wednesday, is expected to remain on Los Angeles' top line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. The Kings are one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card from the Western Conference.

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Markus Granlund

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Nikolay Goldobin -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna

Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Joseph Cramarossa

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Alex Miller

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Philip Larsen, Alex Biega

Injured: Jacob Markstrom (lower body), Nikita Tryamkin (mumps), Jack Skille (groin), Anton Rodin (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist surgery), Derek Dorsett (neck surgery)

 

Kings projected lineup

Jarome Iginla -- Anze Kopitar -- Marian Gaborik

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Trevor Lewis -- Nic Dowd -- Dustin Brown

Andy Andreoff -- Adrian Kempe -- Kyle Clifford

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Brayden McNabb -- Alec Martinez

Jake Muzzin -- Paul Ladue

Ben Bishop

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Kevin Gravel

Injured: Jordan Nolan (undisclosed), Nick Shore (upper body)

 

Status report

Nolan and Shore did not participate at the morning skate Saturday. Each is day to day. … Tanev did not skate, either, but is expected to play, according to the Vancouver Sun.

 

Who's hot

Horvat has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past eight games. … Pearson has scored goals in three consecutive games and has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 10. … Carter has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the past 10 games.

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