Game 13 Preview: Raycroft Makes Debut
With Roberto Luongo on the sidelines, Andrew Raycroft will finally make his regular season debut for the Vancouver Canucks. Truth be told he was expected to get one of the two starts regardless so nothing has changed in that regard. Raycroft will be tasked to hold the fort while Luongo is on the mend. That starts tonight as the Canucks take on the upstart Los Angeles Kings and a rejuvenated Anze Kopitar.
The Canucks had their three game winning streak snapped on Tuesday by the Detroit Red Wings. The Canucks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a couple of soft goals against Chris Osgood. That ended Osgood's night and effectively the Canucks were on their heels after that. The Canucks did manage to hold the lead until the third where an offensive outburst that resulted in 6 goals between the two teams led the Wings to an eventual 5-4 victory.
Like the Canucks, the Kings also had their winning streak ended at 4 games by the San Jose Sharks. The Kings have really surprised many in the hockey world with their hot start. Others are not so surprised as the Kings young talent such as Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov have stepped up their play along with their goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Kings have also given the Canucks plenty of troubles in recent years.
The puck drops at 7:30PM Pacific on Canucks TV Pay-pre-view with John Shorthouse, John Garrett and Kristin Reid. Joey Kenward has the call on the TEAM1040 with Tom Larscheid.
Canucks: Roberto Luongo and Ryan Johnson join the wounded as Luongo has fractured ribs and John has a concussion after his scary fall against the Red Wings. Neither have made the trip to California. Salo and Rypien are back, however, and will play. Aaron Rome also draws back in as a forward and will replace Hordichuk
Kings: The Kings have claimed Randy Jones on re-entry waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. It is unknown if he will dress for tonight's game.
Game related articles
- Game Preview (Canucks.com)
- Canucks' Roberto Luongo has a cracked rib, out until at least next week (Vancouver Sun)
- Canucks recall goalie Cory Schneider to fill void left by Luongo’s injury (Vancouver Sun)
- Johnson concussed, Schneider called up from Moose (The Province)
- Backup Raycroft ready to fill Luongo's skates (The Province)
- Kings fall short in shootout, lose to San Jose, 2-1 (L.A. Times)
- Kings and Kopitar hit on winning combination (L.A. Times)
|Canucks||2.83 (18th)||2.75 (10th)||33.2 (6th)||27.8 (4th)|
|Kings||3.46 (5th)||3.00 (16th)||27.8 (24th)||28.1 (5th)|
|G/G = Goals per game, GA/G = Goals Against per Game
S/G = Shots per game, SA/G = Shots Against per game
|Canucks||H. Sedin - 6||H. Sedin - 9||H. Sedin - 15||Bieksa - 19
Rypien - 17
|H. Sedin +3
|Kings||Kopitar - 10||Kopitar - 11||Kopitar - 21||O'Donnell - 15||Drewiske +7|
|Power Play||Penalty Kill||Shorthanded Goals|
|Canucks||29.1% (3rd)||78.0% (16th)||0 GF - 1 GA|
|Kings||25.0% (9th)||73.1% (26th)||0 GF - 2 GA|
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