VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks
look to continue turning around their fortunes against the Los
Angeles Kings Monday night as the division leaders meet for the
second time this season.
Vancouver is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings with the Kings,
including a 3-1 win in Los Angeles on October 30 when Dan
Cloutier made 37 saves. The Canucks had been 5-14-4 against the
Kings from the start of the 1996-97 season to the end of the
2000-01 campaign before the last nine matchups.
The Canucks are four points ahead of Calgary and Colorado in the
Northwest Division while Los Angeles has a three-point edge
over San Jose in the Pacific.
The Canucks improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven games with
Saturday's 3-0 road win over the Edmonton Oilers. Cloutier, who
recently missed time with a groin injury, made 24 saves for his
first shutout of the season.
Captain Markus Naslund scored his 18th goal of the season and
has 11 goals in his last 12 games following an eight-game
Los Angeles is unbeaten in its last three (1-0-2) and 6-2-2-2 in
its last 12. On Saturday, the Kings battled to a 3-3 tie with
the Colorado Avalanche.