There seemed to be widespread panic yesterday in Vancouver after the Canucks lost to Anaheim. The Canucks lost a game! They had won four of their previous five and have won two-thirds of their games this season. They’re doing just fine. In terms of facing the Kings this season, there have been two very different games, both at Staples Center. On Nov. 10, the Canucks won 3-2 after they took a 3-0 first-period lead. On Dec. 31, the Kings beat the Canucks 4-1. Kings assistant coach John Stevens said he doesn’t expect much of a carry-over from either game.

STEVENS: “It seems like maybe years ago, in the regular season, each game didn’t have its own atmosphere and attitude. But I think now, in the 82-game season, with how tight it is every night, it seems like if anything, that’s going to motivate Vancouver, because we beat them last time and they’re coming off a loss (Sunday) night. We know we’re going to have to be ready. We know we’re going to get their best game and we just have to focus on ourselves here. We’re going to have to play better than we did (Sunday) night.”

Another difference between the two games is that Darryl Sutter was behind the bench for the second game, but not the first. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault was asked if he saw any difference in the Kings under Sutter.

VIGNEAULT: “I always felt, playing against the Kings, that they were well-structured and really dependable defensively, and I see those same characteristics right now. I think their new coach has them trying to go on the attack a little bit more at the right time. As a group, they’re playing real solid hockey at both ends of the rink.”

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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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