Kings prepare to face Canucks

By Nina Falcone

Photo credit: USPRESSWIRE, Kirby Lee

After a tough battle with the Sharks in their last two games of the regular season, the Kings suffered two losses, dropping them from first in the Pacific division down to third. They finished in eighth in the Western Conference, pairing them up against the first place Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs.

Any Kings fan can tell you it’s not the most ideal start to the post-season, but with Jonathan Quick’s goaltending and Jeff Carter’s return, this surely won’t be a breeze for Vancouver.

Quick’s recorded a save percentage of .941 against the Canucks, and Carter’s produced one goal and an 11.1 percent shooting average in his games against Vancouver. Although Roberto Luongo has two wins under his belt against the Kings, the Canucks are questioning whether he or Cory Schneider will be the starting goaltender in the series.

The Sedin twins currently lead Vancouver in goals, assists, and points. In particular, Daniel Sedin, who is expected to return from a head injury at the start of the playoffs, has recorded one goal and three assists in three games against the Kings this season.

Los Angeles needs to focus on getting more shots on goal than anything else. The team’s offensive issues haven’t improved enough to be sufficient against a team like the Canucks. Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, and Dustin Brown will have to step up in order for the Kings to really give Vancouver a run for their money.

The Kings’ schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 11 – 7:30 PST in Vancouver

Friday, April 13 – 7:00 PST in Vancouver

Sunday, April 15 – 7:30 PST in Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 18 – 7:00 PST in Los Angeles

Sunday, April 22 (if necessary) – in Vancouver, time TBD

Tuesday, April 24 (if necessary) – in Los Angeles, time TBD

Thursday, April 26 (if necessary) – in Vancouver, time TBD

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