Scouting the Canucks

This is the third of four meetings this season between the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks, and follows two games at Staples Center that the teams split. The Kings lost 3-2 on Nov. 10 and won 4-1 on Dec. 31. The Canucks are second in the Western Conference, with 59 points in 46 games, and they’re 12-6-2 at home. The Canucks enter tonight’s game among the top eight in the NHL in goals per game (fourth, 3.2), goals-against per game (eighth, 2.4), power-play percentage (first, 23.8) and penalty-kill percentage (fourth, 86.7). Roberto Luongo is scheduled to get the start in goal for Vancouver tonight, and the local media has been chirping about the relative lack of production from the Canucks’ second line — and Ryan Kesler in particular — so watch out for that trio tonight. For the latest on the Canucks, check out the coverage in the Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Sun, followed by tonight’s probable lineups for the Kings and the Canucks…

The Vancouver Province’s Canucks coverage

The Vancouver Sun’s Canucks coverage

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KINGS LINEUP
Brown-Kopitar-Williams
Penner-Richards-Stoll
Richardson-Loktionov-Lewis
Clifford-Fraser-Hunter

Scuderi-Doughty
Mitchell-Voynov
Johnson-Greene

Quick
Bernier

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CANUCKS LINEUP
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins-Ryan Kesler-David Booth
Mason Raymond-Cody Hodgson-Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra-Maxim Lapierre-Dale Weiss

Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler-Aaron Rome
Alexander Sulzer-Keith Ballard

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

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