KINGS (45-27-6) at CANUCKS (34-32-11)
7:00PM PT, TV: PRIME TICKET; RADIO: AM 1150
WHALING AWAY: This is the fifth and final matchup with the Vancouver Canucks this season, and the second in British Columbia at Rogers Arena. The Kings have won all four matchups this season, three in regulation time at STAPLES Center, and one in overtime in their only visit to Vancouver. The Kings have outscored the Canucks 12-4, including OT, this season.
SWEEP CITY: If the Kings win at Rogers Arena tonight, they will record their second regular season series sweep of the Vancouver Canucks in club history. The Kings went undefeated against Vancouver during the 1980-’81 regular season campaign, going 4-0-0 against the Canucks.
FIVE AND ALIVE: A win tonight would mark the Kings’ fifth win of the season against the Canucks. The Kings have only managed to beat Vancouver five times in a single season (not including playoffs) once, during the 1990-’91 season when they went 5-3-0 against the Canucks.
HEALTH DOUGHTS: Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com has been alongside the team while Drew Doughty’s upper-body injury has been closely examined from the inside, speculated from the outside:
Doughty was playing in his 199th consecutive game Thursday night when he suffered his injury when lightly landing an open-ice hit on San Jose’s Tyler Kennedy.
NIXING SIX: From the looks of it, the Vancouver Canucks are going to fail to qualify for the postseason for the first time in six seasons, since they finished fifth in the West’s Northwest Division in 2007-‘08. The Kings won’t be able to guarantee the Canucks’ first void from the postseason with a win tonight, but they can help nix Vancouver from the playoff picture hours before they are officially, and inevitably out.
DRAMA KINGS: The Kings’ previous and only other visit to Vancouver this season on November 25 saw them overcome a late deficit, as Mike Richards knotted the game with 2:54 to play in regulation, while Anze Kopitar decided the affair :48 seconds into OT.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on PRIME TICKET at 6:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at Rogers Arena for puck drop at 7:00 PM PST.
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