Canucks at Kings NYE primer with Doughty, Johnson, Stoll

Vancouver come to town tonight with a 15-3-1 record in their last 19 games. LA’s home team has gone 3-0-2 in the Sutter Era and is looking to continue their climb back up the Western Conference standings.

The Canucks are a team that have given the Kings fits at times recently, including bouncing them from the playoffs two years ago. In their only other meeting this season, the Canucks beat the Kings 3-2 at Staples Center – in a game Drew Doughty scored a goal.

The talented defenseman has had his own challenges with the Canucks, posting a minus-9 rating against them since entering the league in 2008 (his worst against any team in the league) and has picked up 34 penalty minutes in those games (more than double his total against every team other than Anaheim…plus, if you take out the 10 minute misconduct assessed to him last March vs. the Canucks, the 24 minutes are still more than he has vs. any other team).

With a look ahead to tonight’s action, here are some exclusive pre-game comments from Doughty, Jack Johnson and Jarret Stoll…

Doughty on the Canucks – “It’s going to be a fun game. Every time we play Vancouver all the guys are really pumped for the game. As a team, we had a hard battle with them in the playoffs a couple of years ago. We’re still disappointed about that loss. So, I think it’s going to be a hard fought game with lots of checking and lots of chirping.”

Johnson on being ‘up’ for the game vs. Vancouver – “We’re up every night. Just because it’s Vancouver it’s not going to change anything, compared to our approach to any other game.”

Stoll on the Canucks – “They’re playing well. They’re winning some games. They’ve been really hot of late, the last month and half. We just need a good solid game. We need to do a good job at checking. Defensively, we’ve been pretty sound lately. We have to have that type of game again, but – obviously – score some goals. It’s going to be a good game. It’s going to be a battle. They’re always good games against Vancouver. We need to bring the emotion and energy and have some fun.”

Game time is 7pm tonight.

For more player quotes and the stories of the week, please see the related articles below.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor 

RELATED ARTICLES:

What are coach Sutter and Drew Doughty talking about on the bench?

Johnson and Sutter talk power play and LA goaltending

Doughty and Stoll try explaining the ‘love tap’ goal celebration – includes video

Why Andrei Loktionov needs to be sent to Manchester

Coach Sutter clarifies his plans for the Kings assistant coaches in 2012

Remembering Winnipeg and Wayne Gretzky’s last game with the Kings

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Dylan Cozens, WHL Center

The hockey season ended far too early for the LA Kings, and the five-week anticipation of the NHL Draft feels like forever.
However, with the league’s 31 member teams knee-deep in their due diligence, this remains a peak preparation period for next month’s big event. Top 2019 draft eligible prospects Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are […]

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Arthur Kaliyev, OHL Forward

With the first round of this year’s NHL Draft just a smidge over five weeks away, our ongoing preview of the league’s annual prospect-palooza continues to pick up steam. In several recent radio interviews MayorsManor editor, John Hoven, has talked extensively about the Kings possibly trading down a few spots from their current No. 5 […]

REPLAY: Hoven Talks Kings Draft Plans, Kopitar, Quick on TSN Radio

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss the LA Kings, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and more. Among the Los Angeles related topics were: Todd McLellan’s new assistant coaches, Jonathan Quick’s future, Anze Kopitar and the Hall of Fame, as […]

Major News Items

Petersen Reacts to Being Named LA Kings No. 1 Prospect

It’s often been said that each player to make the NHL comes with his own unique story. And if you’re looking for something a little non-traditional, goaltender Cal Petersen certainly checks several boxes. Among the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News