Tonight’s game is the first of four meetings between the Kings and Vancouver Canucks. The Kings went 2-2-0 against the Canucks last season, with two wins in the first week of the season followed by two losses in March. The Kings scored one regulation goal in three of those four games. This season, the Canucks are off a 7-7-1 start and haven’t played since their 6-2 whitewashing of Chicago on Sunday. Injured defenseman Sami Salo is considered a game-time decision for Vancouver. For the latest on the Canucks, check out these stories from the Vancouver Province and Vancouver Sun, followed by tonight’s expected lineups for the Kings and the Canucks and the Canucks’ full roster…

Salo could light up Kings tilt Thursday night (Vancouver Province)

Canucks’ Sami Salo makes comeback…again (Vancouver Sun)

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KINGS LINEUP
Gagne-Kopitar-Williams
Penner-Richards-Brown
Clifford-Stoll-Hunter
Moreau-Fraser-Lewis

Mitchell-Doughty
Scuderi-Johnson
Martinez-Greene

Quick
Bernier

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CANUCKS LINEUP
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins-Ryan Kesler-David Booth
Andrew Ebbett-Manny Malhotra-Cody Hodgson
Aaron Volpatti-Maxim Lapierre-Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler-Aaron Rome
Andrew Alberts-Keith Ballard

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

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CANUCKS ROSTER
2 — Dan Hamhuis — D
3 — Kevin Bieksa — D
4 — Keith Ballard — D
6 — Sami Salo — D
7 — David Booth — LW
9 — Cody Hodgson — C
14 — Alexandre Burrows — LW
17 — Ryan Kesler — C
20 — Chris Higgins — LW
22 — Daniel Sedin — LW
23 — Alexander Edler — D
25 — Andrew Ebbett — C
27 — Manny Malhotra — C
29 — Aaron Rome — D
32 — Dale Weise — RW
33 — Henrik Sedin — C
36 — Jannik Hansen — RW
40 — Maxim Lapierre — C
41 — Andrew Alberts — D
52 — Alexander Sulzer — D
54 — Aaron Volpatti — LW

Injured-reserve list
13 — Steven Pinizzotto — RW
21 — Mason Raymond — LW

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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