NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 25th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (15-6-3) at Vancouver Canucks (12-9-4), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks have both
had their issues scoring goals of late and the two look to break out in a
matchup on Monday night.
The Kings have gone 6-0-3 over their last nine games despite having been held
to three goals or fewer in eight of 10 contests this month. Los Angeles has
failed to score more than two goals six times in that span.
The Canucks, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven and have scored just
six non-shootout goals in the six setbacks.
Vancouver seemed to break out with a 6-2 win over Columbus on Friday, but fell
back into a funk the following night in a 2-1 setback to the Chicago
Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal with 1:27 left to go in the first
period, but the Canucks' offense went cold from there and the Blackhawks
scored twice in a nine-second span during the third period to rally to
Roberto Luongo turned aside 27 chances for Vancouver, which fell to 1-2-2 on
its six-game homestand that ends tonight.
"I thought we did a lot of good things, but we beat ourselves tonight. We
played a good game," said Canucks coach John Tortorella.
The Kings have dropped two straight in overtime and were shut out for the
first time this season with Saturday's 1-0 overtime setback to the Colorado
Avalanche. Los Angeles played without forwards Jeff Carter, Trevor Lewis and
Matt Frattin, while goaltender Jonathan Quick remains out.
Ben Scrivens has been excellent in replacing Quick, going 4-0-2 with a 1.15
goals against average and .955 save percentage in six games since Quick's
Scrivens made 32 saves in Saturday's loss and saw Colorado's overtime winner
hit off teammate Jarret Stoll following a save.
"We played a good game. (We're) having trouble scoring right now," said Kings
head coach Darryl Sutter. "We've got a lot of guys out of the lineup. ... It's
hard. You're mixing. It's sort of like diversifying your portfolio."
The Kings didn't have much trouble scoring when they faced the Canucks for the
first time this season on Nov. 9. Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist,
while Mike Richards notched a goal and a pair of helpers in the 5-1 win.
Quick made 25 saves for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game series losing
streak with the home win. It has lost seven of its last nine in Vancouver.
Scrivens has never faced the Canucks, while Luongo made just 14 saves on 18
shots in the loss before getting pulled after 32 minutes of work.
Luongo fell to 14-10-4 with a 2.31 GA in 28 career meetings with the Kings.
11/25 10:58:06 ET