Kings at Canucks preview – Canucks Boucher goes back to Comets

Quick back but not starting for Los Angeles; Boeser returns for Vancouver

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Kings at Canucks
The Game

Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, who missed more than three weeks with a groin injury, will play against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Boeser is sixth on the Canucks in scoring with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) despite missing 13 of 26 games. Vancouver was 2-7-2 without him, including an eight-game losing streak (0-7-1) that ended with a 4-2 win against the Kings on Saturday.

Kings No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick, who has been out since Oct. 28 because of knee surgery, appears ready to return as the backup to rookie Calvin Petersen, who makes his seventh straight start. Quick is expected to start again on a three-game road trip that continues against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and Calgary Flames on Friday.

The Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Sunday but are 3-6-0 in their past nine games.

Vancouver Canucks also announced today that the club has reassigned forward Reid Boucher to the Utica Comets.

Vancouver Canucks also announced today that the club has reassigned forward Reid Boucher to the Utica Comets
Vancouver Canucks also announced today that the club has reassigned forward Reid Boucher to the Utica Comets

Boucher, 25, made his Canucks season debut on Nov. 24 vs Los Angeles. In 12 games with the Comets this season, the 5-10, 191-pound forward leads the team in goals (10), points (16) and shots on goal (46). His 1.33 points per game also ranks tied for seventh in the AHL.

In 133 career NHL games, Boucher has collected 42 points (20-22-42).

 

Players to watch

Kings rookie forward Matt Luff has scored a goal in four straight games and has five points (four goals, one assists) in that four-game point streak.

Canucks center Bo Horvat has four points (one goals, three assists) in his past four games.

 

They said it

“I feel healthy out there and just happy to be practicing with these guys full time and get the opportunity to come on the road with them. It’s been a while since I was able to do that.” — Kings goalie Jonathan Quick

 

“This is a lot different than last time when I missed those two games. I feel the best I have felt in a while with everything hips down. I feel really confident within myself and I feel I will be able to move a lot better out there than before.” — Canucks forward Brock Boeser, who missed a two-game road trip Oct. 24-25 with the groin injury then returned to play four games before aggravating it Nov. 2 

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex IafalloAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Kyle CliffordJeff CarterTyler Toffoli

Austin WagnerAdrian Kempe — Matt Luff

Ilya KovalchukNate ThompsonSheldon Rempal

Derek ForbortDrew Doughty

Jake MuzzinAlec Martinez

Dion PhaneufPaul LaDue

Calvin Petersen

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Michael Amadio

Injured: Trevor Lewis (foot), Jack Campbell (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Carl Hagelin (knee)

 

Canucks projected lineup

Nikolay GoldobinElias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel — Bo Horvat — Sam Gagner

Loui ErikssonMarkus GranlundJake Virtanen

Brendan LeipsicAdam GaudetteTyler Motte

Alexander EdlerAlex Biega

Ben HuttonErik Gudbranson

Michael Del ZottoChristopher Tanev

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Troy Stecher, Derrick Pouliot, Tim Schaller, Reid Boucher

Injured: Brandon Sutter (shoulder), Jay Beagle (arm), Sven Baertschi (concussion)

 

Status report

Peter Budaj is listed as the Kings backup but is not with the team in Vancouver. … Beagle is skating and scheduled to return in early December.

 

Stat pack

Kovalchuk, who has no points in past nine games, played 6:20 against the Oilers. … Doughty has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … Pettersson, who leads NHL rookies with 13 goals and 21 points, has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past five games.

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