By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter
April 10, 2023
Vancouver Canucks (36-36-7), 6th in the Pacific Division) visit the Los Angeles Kings (45-25-10), 3rd in the Pacific Division tonight at Crypto.com Arena at 7:30 pm PDT.
Finishing Like It Started
The game against the Kings is the first of a three game road trip to finish their road season, playing in Anaheim tomorrow night and in Arizona on April 13, to end their 2022.23 season on the road, which started with a 2-game road trip in October.
The Los Angeles Kings aim to break a three-game slide when they take on the Vancouver Canucks, having lost to Edmonton 3-1, Vegas 5-2, and Colorado 4-3.
Vancouver looks to extend its overall unbeaten streak to 3 games after defeating Chicago 3-0 and Calgary 3-2 at Rogers Arena, finishing off their home games for the 2022-23 season.
Kings last win at home was April 2, a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
For the Canucks on the road, their last road game was a 6-5 OT loss to the St.Louis Blues on March 28.
Vancouver is 17-16-5 away from home.
Los Angeles is 25-11-4 at home.
Last 5 vs Los Angeles
- Apr. 2/23: VAN 1 vs LAK 4
- Mar. 18/23: VAN 3 @ LAK 2 (SO)
- Nov. 18/22: VAN 4 vs LAK 1
- Apr. 28/22: VAN 3 vs LAK 2 (OT)
- Dec. 30/21: VAN 1 at LAK 2 (SO)
Last 10 Games:
Kings: 5-5-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.6 penalties, and 8.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.
Canucks: 5-3-2, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game.
Canucks – Kings NHL Stats Comparison
2022.23 Vancouver Canucks Awards:
- Cyclone Taylor Trophy – “Most Valuable Player” (fan vote): Elias Pettersson
- Walter (Babe) Pratt Trophy – “Best Defenceman” (fan vote): Quinn Hughes
- Pavel Bure Award – “Most Exciting Player” (fan vote): Andrei Kuzmenko
- Fred J. Hume Award – “Unsung Hero” (fan vote): Dakota Joshua
- Daniel and Henrik Sedin Award – “Community Leadership”: Brock Boeser
- Cyrus H. McLean Trophy – “Leading Scorer”: Elias Pettersson* Will be officially awarded upon the conclusion of the regular season
- Three Stars Award – “Most Three Stars Selections”: Elias Pettersson
- Elias Pettersson has 23 points (10-13-23) in his last 18 games and is one point away from breaking 100 this season.
- J.T. Miller has 22 points (9-13-22) in his last 16 games.
- Andrei Kuzmenko has 17 points (10-7-17) in his last 17 games.
- Quinn Hughes has 12 points (2-10-12) in his last 12 games.
- Brock Boeser has eight points (4-4-8) in his last eight games.
- The Canucks are 18-11-4 since Rick Tocchet took over as Head Coach on January 22.
- Vancouver possesses an 84.2% penalty kill percentage (48/57) since March 2, which ranks ninth in the NHL.
- Elias Pettersson (2-1=3 pts / 3 Games)
- J.T. Miller (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games)
Thatcher Demko Taking On All Shooters
Since his return from injury on February 24th, Demko is 10-4-2 in 16 games, has a .916 SV% (save percentage), and a GAA (goals against average) of 2.55 and 1 shutout.
Delia Can Beat Ya
Since being the backup goalie for Demko since Demko’s return, Collin Delia has a 2-1-0 record, with a .908 SV% (save percentage), and a GAA (goals against average) of 2.37.
Sources: nhl.com, Associated Press