Canucks take on the Kings tonight in LA
The LA Kings only have 1 win in 4 games this season. The Vancouver Canucks, in contrast, are the only team in the league to have not lost a game yet heading into Saturday night’s divisional match-up against LA. It is expected that Peter Budaj (1–0-0) will be starting goalie for the Kings tonight. Franchise Kings’ netminder Jonathan Quick is out with a lower body injury and the Kings organization expect him to miss about 3 months. Jacob Markstrom (3-0-0) is confirmed to be starting in net for the Canucks. Markstrom has been solid to start the season with a fantastic .932 save percentage and a 1.65 GAA.
The Kings are struggling right out of the gate and without solid goaltending, they could be in for a rough 3–4 months. The Canucks have yet to win a game by more than a goal and will have to ramp up the scoring if they want to continue winning games throughout the season consistently. The Kings will need to limit the Canucks’ quality scoring chances and help out their mediocre goaltending in the defensive end, if they want to capture a win against the unbeaten Vancouver squad. The game will be high paced in this division match up, as both teams will be fighting for 2 points in a highly competitive pacific division.
Prediction: It is going to be Vancouver’s first road game of the season. This will have little effect on their play. The game is still on the West Coast and there is no time-change. I have the Canucks taking the win once again tonight and see them out chancing the Kings and scoring against mediocre Kings goaltending. I think it is going to be another close one, with the Canucks taking it. Vancouver to win 4–2
These 2 teams will face off against each other, for the first time this season, in LA at 7pm PST tonight.