There are, most assuredly, few secrets when it comes to the
After all, Kopitar has been playing against Vancouver for a long time — his first game against them was in the 2006-07 season. That was long before the Canucks were their chief rivals and the time it really started to heat up (see 2012).
"We know them," Kopitar said. "They know us. It'll be a big game for them and us. It'll be a good one for sure."
The Kings-Vancouver rivalry dimmed a bit as the Canucks receded during the brief but costly
They are holding second place in the
Meet the new rivals, the same as the old rivals.
"If any game is like a playoff game, it's going to be tomorrow night," Canucks rookie center Bo Horvat told reporters at practice Sunday. "It's going to be exciting and a battle. The last game we played there was probably one of the most fun games I played all year.
"The back and forth and the big goals. It was really cool."
The Kings lost to the Canucks, 4-1, on March 21 at Staples Center, which was their first loss to the Canucks in four games this season. They had outscored Vancouver, 12-3, in the other three contests.
Said Kings defenseman
Martinez scored the winner against the Avalanche on Saturday in the second period, a bit of a nervous game for the Kings and their fans. It also happened to be his first game-winning goal of the season.
Although the Kings dominated and outshot Colorado, 26-10, it remained a one-goal game until
For Martinez, it was his first goal since Jan. 17, but that is somewhat misleading because he missed more than a month, in fact, 18 games because of a concussion. He returned for the start of the Kings' five-game trip March 23) against the New York-area teams.
Martinez was a minus-three against Chicago on Monday, a plus-one versus Edmonton on Thursday and a plus-one against the Avalanche.
"I'm feeling better every game," he said. "There's certain things you just can't really work on other than in a game. It's like at the beginning of the season, preseason, you can't replicate that game situation until you're in a game.
"Regardless of how much you practice. As a D-man, if there's a guy barreling down on you … if it's in practice, we're going to play hard and make each other better.
"But at the end of the day, I don't think
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