Canucks Next Game: One last home game to ‘crown’ another season

It’s Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Arena on Thursday as the Canucks host the Los Angeles Kings

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(43-27-10), 3rd in Pacific Division


(39-30-11), 5th in Pacific Division

thursday7 p.m., Rogers Arena.

TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650.


One last time at home

The Canucks won’t be in the playoffs and the Kings will be. Neither team has much to play for, though the Canucks still want to finish on a high note. Plus, there are a couple of old familiar faces in the Kings’ lineup in Alex Edler and Troy Stecher.



1. Anze Kopitar GP 80 G 19 A 47 PTS 66 (-7)

2. Adrian Kempe GP 77 W 34 A 19 PTS 53 (-3)

3. Philip Danault GP 76 G 26 A 24 PTS 50 (+13)


1. JT Miller GP 78 W 31 A 66 PTS 97 (+14)

2. Elias Pettersson GP 78 G 32 A 34 PTS 66 (E)

3. Quinn Hughes GP 74 W 8 A 58 PTS 66 (+8)


KINGS: PP 16.5% (26th) PK 76.4% (23rd)

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CANUCKS: PP 23.5% (10th) PK 74.3% (31st)


• One last time: Thursday is LA’s last game of the season, one day after they play their penultimate tilt in Seattle. How much focus will they have on this game and how much will they be looking ahead to next week, when they face the Edmonton Oilers in the playoffs? (The Canucks’s last game of the season is Friday in Edmonton.)

• Old time look: Reportedly, the Canucks will wear their black skate uniforms again on Thursday. The Kings are going to be in their throwback white uniforms, modeled after the sweaters they wore in the Wayne Gretzky years, along with their now infamous chrome helmets.

• Lineup shuffle: Kings coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday in Edmonton that he will be using his full roster over the remaining two games of the season, so the Kings’ coaches could be juggling lines and pairings about. Vancouver fans will be hopeful to see old favorites Stecher and Edler. Stecher, though, hasn’t played since the Kings were shelled last week at home by the Chicago Blackhawks. Edler, on the other hand, has come to be a mainstay in McLellan’s lineup — when he’s been healthy.

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