Questions to be answered tonight
-Who do the Kings roll with in net? Jonathan Quick has a 1.97 goals against average and .928 save percentage against Vancouver in his career and has seen his play steadily improve over the last two to three weeks, but Jonathan Bernier is riding one of the hottest streaks of his professional career and has allowed one goal in four consecutive starts.
-Will Alec Martinez draw back into the Kings lineup? If he does, whose spot will he take? Keaton Ellerby has seen his usage fall from his first four games in an L.A. uniform, though Darryl Sutter may still prefer to use the stay-at-home / puck moving combination and pair him with Martinez. What combination would best suit a counter presence for the Canucks’ team speed?
-Will Jeff Carter equal his career-high six-game goal scoring streak?
-Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal for Vancouver as the Canucks are looking to buck a three-game home losing streak. Which goalie will show up – the one who stopped 97 of 101 shots in last year’s playoff series and never allowed more than one goal in regulation, or the one who has allowed at least three goals in six of 10 starts this season?
-Kevin Bieksa’s groin injury has kept him out of the lineup for a pair of games in which the Canucks allowed a combined 12 goals. Can he return tonight after taking part in a full practice yesterday? “The first time skating obviously there is going to be some feeling there,” Bieksa told reporters. “But it felt good. I was happy with the way I felt today. We’ll have to see how I feel when I wake up in the morning. We have a lot of games coming up in a short period here so I don’t want to come back and have to leave again and leave my team shorthanded. So I’d like to make sure that I’m ready if I come back.”
-Mason Raymond has been held off the scoresheet in five consecutive games after recording six points (2-4=6) in six games early in February. Will slotting in as the second line center in the absence of Ryan Kesler provide some additional offensive punch to complement the Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows line?