Kings vs. Canucks: looking back and forward - LA Kings Insider

This will be the fifth playoff series all-time between the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks won 4-1 in the 1982 division finals. The Kings won 4-2 in the 1991 first round. The Kings won 4-2 in the 1993 division finals. The Canucks won 4-2 in the 2010 first round. This season, in four regular-season meetings the Kings went 2-2-0 against the Canucks, with one win coming in a shootout. Here’s a brief recap of each of this season’s games, followed by some initial reaction from Darryl Sutter, Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi about facing the Canucks in the upcoming series…

Nov. 10 at Staples Center: Canucks 3, Kings 2
Vancouver scored twice in the game’s first 7 minutes, 33 seconds, including a 5-on-3 goal, and the Canucks led 3-0 after the first period. The Kings made it close with Dustin Brown’s second-period goal and with Mike Richards’ goal, with 1:10 remaining in the third period and the Kings’ net empty.

Dec. 31 at Staples Center: Kings 4, Canucks 1
Brad Richardson scored to tie the game 1-1 at the 9:13 mark of the first period, then the Kings got second-period goals from Matt Greene and Anze Kopitar to take a 3-1 lead.

Jan. 17 at Rogers Arena: Kings 3, Canucks 2 (shootout)
The Kings took a 2-1 lead into the third period, thanks to Justin Williams’ second-period power-play goal, but David Booth the the game five minutes into the third period. Williams and Mike Richards scored in the shootout to give the Kings the extra point.

March 26 at Rogers Arena: Canucks 1, Kings 0
Manny Malhotra scored 3:05 into the first period, and Roberto Luongo made it stand up as he made 38 saves in the shutout victory.


SUTTER: “I think there are probably a lot of similarities between (the Canucks) and the Sharks, quite honestly. They’re really good offensive teams, really good power plays. We’ve got our hands full.’’

MITCHELL: “I was on the other side of the equation [in 2010] before I joined the Kings. On this side, for the Kings, it was kind of their first taste of the postseason in a while. It kind of created some, not hatred, but a small rivalry I guess on the Kings’ behalf, probably less on the Canucks’ behalf. I’ve always said that you’ve got to become a good team before you get involved in rivalries, because you’ve got to get to the postseason and play other teams a number of times. True rivalries are probably more along the lines of Vancouver-Chicago in the last couple years. I really haven’t thought about it too much. It’s a great team. I know their team very well. Good coaches, good management, a team that likes to compete, that’s got two good goalies. I could probably say that about the other seven teams in the conference right now.’’

SCUDERI: “We’ll go back on the tapes and take a look at the games, see the things we did well and look at areas that they exploited on us. We’ll try to seal those up and hopefully have a tight match. … When you’re playing each other every other day, it’s important that you know their tendencies and know where they’re going to go. Not that you would anticipate or cheat, but at the same time, to get a good feel for your opponent. I’m sure they’re going to do the same thing with us.’’

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.