Preview: Los Angeles at Vancouver
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Los Angeles Kings will get another crack at their first playoff series win since 2001 when they visit the Vancouver Canucks for Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinals matchup on Sunday. Los Angeles built the first 3-0 series lead in franchise history but failed to eliminate Vancouver at home on Wednesday. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks, who welcomed Daniel Sedin back to the lineup after a 12-game absence due to a concussion, are looking to do what only three teams in NHL history have accomplished – win a series after trailing 3-0.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, FSN West (Los Angeles)
Many players are not happy about the three-day break between Games 4 and 5, but Jeff Carter is not among them. Carter missed time at the end of the regular season with an ankle injury but returned to the lineup for the start of the Vancouver series. After going three games without a point following a two-assist performance in the series opener, Carter is pleased to have more time to heal. “I think with the two days before the last game, and then the extra day here, it’s probably not an ideal situation, but for myself personally and for some other guys around here that are a little banged up, it’s nice to get a little extra rest,” Carter said. Kyle Clifford did some skating for two days but stayed off the ice Friday. Clifford, who was on the receiving end of a hit from behind by Byron Bitz, has an upper-body injury and is doubtful for Sunday’s contest.
Cory Schneider is likely to make his third straight start, leaving Roberto Luongo again on the bench. Schneider praised Luongo’s demeanor and approach to serving as backup. “He’s been great to me and great to the team,” Schneider said. “He’s handled this extremely well. He hasn’t said a word and he’s been nothing but a true professional and the great guy that he is.” Luongo explained his reason for not raising a ruckus. “Things change quickly in this league, so right now I’m just focused on Game 5,” he said. “That’s where my attention needs to be.” Much like Carter, Daniel Sedin must be happy to have three days off. Sedin, who missed 12 games with a concussion, returned for Game 4 and notched an assist. “The fact we’ve got three days in between games here is going to permit Danny to get up to his speed,” coach Alain Vigneault said.
2. The Canucks have lost six of their last eight conference quarterfinal games.
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