Two red hot teams faceoff at Crypto.com Arena Thursday, as the Vancouver Canucks come to town to take on the Los Angeles Kings.
Puck drops at 7:00 PM.
Despite a tough season, the Canucks are 7-3 in their last 10, while the Kings are 8-0-1 in their last 10.
The Kings have also allowed two or fewer goals in their last seven games, locking it down defensively down the stretch.
Joonas Korpisalo is expected to start, continuing the goalie rotation for the Kings.
Per Todd McLellan at morning skate, Jordan Spence will return to the lineup in place of Sean Walker.
Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Carl Grundstrom-Rasmus Kupari-Arthur Kaliyev
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Vladislav Gavrikov-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Jordan Spence
Expected Vancouver Canucks Lines:
Andrei Kuzmenko-Elias Petterson-Anthony Beauvillier
Phil Di Giuseppe-J.T. Miller-Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua-Nils Aman-Conor Garland
Vitali Kravstov-Sheldon Dries-Vasily Podkolzin
Quinn Hughes-Noah Juulsen
Guillaume Brisbois-Tyler Myers
Christian Wolanin-Kyle Burroughs
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 56-231, 24.24%, 6th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 55-231, 76.91%, 22nd in NHL
Vancouver Canucks Power Play: 50-225, 22.22%, 12th in NHL
Vancouver Canucks Penalty Kill: 43-198, 68.18%, 32nd in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- Tonight’s game marks the third consecutive Saturday home game for the Kings (Mar. 4 vs. STL; Mar. 11 vs. NSH) with one more scheduled next week (Mar. 25 vs. WPG).
- The Kings are 28-5-2 all-time when both Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty score a regular-season goal on the same game.
- Of Adrian Kempe’s 32 goals this season, nine have come on the power-play. No Kings skater has scored 10 power-play goals in a single season since Jeff Carter (10) in the 2016-17 campaign.
- Rasmus Kupari recorded his ninth assist of the season Thursday night, establishing a new single-season career high. Kupari now sits one point shy of tying his single-season career high in points (13) set in 2021-22.
- The Kings are 26-2-2 when leading after two periods of play this season.
How to Watch:
TV: Bally Sports West, ESPN+; Radio: iHeartRadio