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Canucks at Kings preview

Vancouver tries for eighth win in 10 games; Los Angeles has lost three in row

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (7-3-1) at KINGS (4-8-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN360, SN1, FS-W, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

The Vancouver Canucks will try for their eighth win in 10 games when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday.

The Canucks have earned a point in four straight games (3-0-1) and eight of their past nine (7-1-1). Vancouver has scored at least five goals in each of its past three games (2-0-1) and defeated the Florida Panthers 7-2 at Rogers Arena on Monday. 

The Kings have lost three in a row while being outscored 15-4, including consecutive 5-1 losses at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

 

Players to watch

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has eight points (one goal, seven assists) during a four-game point streak. He has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games.  

Kings center Anze Kopitar needs one point for 900 in the NHL. He has 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 54 games against the Canucks.

 

They said it

"He's making a lot smarter plays, I think. He knows he can make special plays, but now he knows there is a time and place for them. He's really buying into the system." -- Canucks forward Tim Schaller on center Elias Pettersson

"This is our mandate, to play a certain way and a certain type of game. We'll take it on the chin sometimes because of it, but we'll find the right people too and we'll make the players better here so they can have success." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan 

 

Canucks projected lineup

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

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Micheal Ferland -- Brandon Sutter -- Josh Leivo

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Ashton Sautner, Adam Gaudette

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

 

Kings projected lineup

Carl Grundstrom -- Anze Kopitar -- Jeff Carter

Alex Iafallo -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Michael Amadio -- Nikolai Prokhorkin

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Trevor Lewis, Tyler Toffoli

Injured: Derek Forbort (back)

 

Status report

The Kings did not hold a morning skate Wednesday. … McLellan said there would be lineup changes but did not provide specific details. … Grundstrom was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. … Canucks defenseman Oscar Fantenberg joined Utica of the AHL on Tuesday for a conditioning assignment. He has not played in an NHL game this season because of an upper-body injury and illness.

 

Stat pack

Pearson will play in his 400th NHL game. … Schaller has scored four goals during a three-game streak. … Kovalchuk needs one goal to tie Pavel Bure (437) for fourth-most in NHL history by a Russia-born player. … Kempe will play in his 200th NHL game.

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