Ah yes, the Canucks. We almost forgot all about Vancouver. Since the Kings last played them in mid-January, LA has faced Anaheim twice, Detroit twice, Calgary twice, Chicago twice, Colorado twice, Columbus twice, Phoenix twice…and Nashville three times.
Yet, don’t think out-of-sight means out-of-mind. A few weeks ago Drew Doughty put his hatred for the Ducks at an eight on a scale of one to 10. And he didn’t need any time thinking about an answer to the follow up question either, ‘Which team registers more than an eight?’
“The Canucks are definitely a 10,” said Doughty. “We hate every single guy on that team. But, that’s always what’s fun about hockey. When you hate a team so much you want to win so bad.”
Of course, the Kings want to win not just for that reason alone, but to also keep pace in the standings. As Rob Scuderi told us last week, they still have their eyes set on winning the Pacific Division – a spot they’re a point out of with seven games left, including tonight.
LA has won the last two games vs. the Canucks, after dropping the opening game of the season series at Staples Center in November. Last year the two teams split the series, with each side winning the games played on their home ice.
As usual, MayorsManor will host a First Goal Contest tonight. If you’d like to enter, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Canucks. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded a free pair of tickets to an upcoming Kings home game.
To help you with your selection, the following stats may come in handy…
– Dustin Brown has 10 goals in 28 career games vs Vancouver
– Anze Kopitar has 5 goals in 22 games
– Justin Williams has 6 goals in 16 games (including a power play goal the last time they played in Vancouver)
– Mike Richards has 3 goals in 8 games
– Jeff Carter has 4 goals in 8 games (including three in four games played in Vancouver)
– Jarret Stoll has 9 goals in 41 games
– Doughty has 1 goal in 15 games
Of course, feel free to take Dustin Penner, Dwight King, Colin Fraser or any of the other Kings players. Just stay clear of Kevin Westgarth, Brad Richardson and Davis Drewiske because they’re expected to once again be healthy scratches from tonight’s game.