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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



VANCOUVER (15-9-0-6, 36 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (17-11-0-2, 36 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/23/2013 4:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
55VANCOUVER+125Ov 5,-130+125Ov 5,-115
56LOS ANGELES-145Un 5,+110-145Un 5,-105
VANCOUVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-15-0-6.415-15-6.413-142.829.02.828.5
Team Stats (Road Games)7-7-0-1.77-7-1.75-72.528.92.628.4
Last 5 Games3-2-0-0.43-2-0.42-
VANCOUVER Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3083253321458699.6%1131513.3%130
Team Stats (Road Games)1435121011214058.6%54611.1%55
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5155640114410.4%1815.6%25
Stats Against (All Games) 83193028678559.7%1082018.5%130
Stats Against (Road Games) 37101311333979.3%541120.4%59
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 152310001529.9%16318.7%25
VANCOUVER - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)151438434790.4%17-7-37-7-0-25-8
ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)6615513989.7%03-3-0.83-3-002-3
ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)441119888.3%02-2-1.42-2-0-22-2
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)161646943091.7%08-8-3.58-8-0-48-6
CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)8824122392.5%04-4-0.94-4-0-13-4
CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)4412711892.9%02-2-0.92-2-0-11-3

LOS ANGELES - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games17-13-0+0.817-13+0.813-112.929.22.524.9
Team Stats (Home Games)12-4-0+5.412-4+5.47-63.326.32.122.8
Last 5 Games3-2-0-0.13-2-0.12-
LOS ANGELES Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)30882132341487710.0%1112219.8%154
Team Stats (Home Games)16531416221342112.6%561221.4%92
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515465001599.4%18422.2%30
Stats Against (All Games) 752525232474710.0%1122118.7%124
Stats Against (Home Games) 3311912123659.0%53713.2%54
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10136001387.2%14321.4%18
LOS ANGELES - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)10822120492.3%08-0+8.48-0-0+83-3
JONATHAN BERNIER (Home Games)6613712792.7%06-0+66-0-0+63-2
JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)43867890.7%03-0+33-0-0+32-0
JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)232252346989.7%29-13-7.69-13-0-710-8
JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)111022720690.7%16-4-0.66-4-0-14-4
JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)44897988.8%11-3-3.21-3-0-32-2
Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.23,  LOS ANGELES 3.02
VANCOUVER - Schedule
2/24/2013at DETROIT3-8L0, -150L5 ovO
2/26/2013PHOENIX2-4L0, -185L5 ovO
3/2/2013LOS ANGELES5-2W0, -125W5 unO
3/3/2013at CALGARY2-4L0, -125L5 ovO
3/5/2013SAN JOSE2-3L0, -140L5 unP
3/7/2013at COLUMBUS1-2L0, -160L5 ovU
3/10/2013at MINNESOTA2-4L0, -130L5 evO
3/12/2013at COLUMBUS2-1W0, -145W5.5 unU
3/14/2013NASHVILLE7-4W0, -170W5 unO
3/16/2013DETROIT2-5L0, -185L5 ovO
3/18/2013MINNESOTA1-3L0, -150L5 ovU
3/19/2013ST LOUIS3-2W0, -125W5.5 unU
3/21/2013at PHOENIX2-1W0, -115W5 ovU
3/23/2013at LOS ANGELES 
3/24/2013at COLORADO 
3/30/2013at EDMONTON 
4/1/2013at SAN JOSE 

LOS ANGELES - Schedule
2/25/2013ANAHEIM5-2W0, -150W5 ovO
2/27/2013DETROIT2-1W0, -150W5 ovU
3/2/2013at VANCOUVER2-5L0, +105L5 unO
3/4/2013NASHVILLE5-1W0, -135W5 unO
3/5/2013ST LOUIS6-4W0, -135W5 unO
3/7/2013DALLAS2-5L0, -165L5 ovO
3/9/2013CALGARY6-2W0, -210W5 ovO
3/11/2013CALGARY3-1W0, -205W5 ovU
3/12/2013at PHOENIX2-5L0, +100L5 ovO
3/14/2013at SAN JOSE3-4L0, +100L5 evO
3/16/2013SAN JOSE5-2W0, -150W5 ovO
3/18/2013PHOENIX4-0W0, -180W5 ovU
3/19/2013PHOENIX3-2W0, -185W5 ovP
3/21/2013DALLAS0-2L0, -215L5 ovU
3/25/2013at CHICAGO 
3/28/2013at ST LOUIS 
3/30/2013at MINNESOTA 
3/31/2013at DALLAS 
4/2/2013at PHOENIX 

LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.

COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.

ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.

LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.

OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.


LAST SEASON: 40-27-15, 95 points. Won Stanley Cup.

COACH: Darryl Sutter, 2nd season with Kings, 25-13-11; 12th overall, 434-333-142 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Anthony Stewart.

LOST: RW Kevin Westgarth.

PLAYER TO WATCH: C Anze Kopitar. The Kings' leading scorer in five straight seasons injured his knee in Sweden shortly before the lockout ended. He's not expected to opening day, and if his injury lingers, Los Angeles' offense will be compromised.

OUTLOOK: With Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and every significant player returning from the first championship team in franchise history, the Stanley Cup holders believe their continuity in a short season gives them a strong chance at a repeat.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Canucks-Kings Preview* =======================


Vancouver (15-9-6) at Los Angeles (17-11-2), 4:00 p.m. EDT

The Vancouver Canucks have been hit hard with injuries.

They can only hope defenseman Alex Edler doesn't get hit with a suspension.

Vancouver goes for its first three-game winning streak in more than a month on Saturday when the host Los Angeles Kings try to rebound from their first regular-season shutout loss at Staples Center in more than a year.

The Canucks (15-9-6) are tied with Minnesota atop the Northwest Division with 36 points, but they're dealing with a host of injuries. Manny Malhotra (eye) is done for the season, Ryan Kesler (broken foot), David Booth (ankle) and Zach Kassian (back) are on injured reserve, and Vancouver didn't have Chris Higgins (back) or Steve Pinizzotto (illness) available on Thursday when it started a three-game trip with a 2-1 victory over Phoenix.

With AHL call-up Andrew Gordon skating on the fourth line with Max Lapierre and Tom Sestito, and defenseman Keith Ballard moving up to forward on the third line with Andrew Ebbett and Dale Weise, the Canucks won on goals from defenseman Chris Tanev and rookie center Jordan Schroeder.

"It was kind of an ugly road win and that's what we need," Schroeder said.

The Canucks need Edler - who has five goals and 12 assists - to be available on Saturday, but he has a Friday phone hearing with the league for a hit on Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.

Whoever can skate for the Canucks will try to help them win three in a row for the first time since a six-game surge that started after their last visit to Los Angeles, a 3-2 shootout loss on Jan. 28.

It was the teams' first matchup since the eighth-seeded Kings defeated the top-seeded Canucks in the first round of the 2012 playoffs en route to their first Stanley Cup.

Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in that contest, but Cory Schneider has made a strong case to be in net for a third straight game. He's stopped 65 of 68 shots in the last two after losing his previous three starts.

"(The effort) has been there for a long time, working hard, but sometimes maybe trying to make it too cute, too complicated, and you bring it back to basics," Schneider said after Thursday's 33-save effort.

Schneider turned aside 28 shots in a 5-2 Canucks victory on March 2 that ended the Kings' five-game winning streak.

Los Angeles (17-11-2) will try to get back into the win column after its three-game streak ended with Thursday's 2-0 loss to Dallas. The Kings hadn't been shut out by a visiting team in the regular season since last Feb. 18 versus Calgary.

Coach Darryl Sutter put much of the blame on the Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams line, which was on the ice for both goals.

"They didn't play very well," Sutter said. "They got caught on two long shifts, caught on the wrong side of pucks, caught in different situations that we don't want to be in. They've struggled for two or three games that line, probably three in a row now."

Kopitar has two assists against Vancouver this season, while Williams has one goal and Brown no points.

Daniel Sedin, who scored on one of brother Henrik's two assists in the latest meeting with the Kings, left Thursday's game after a collision with Smith, but he returned and should play Saturday.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 8:29:09 PM EST

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