LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks shoves Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings after the whistle in the third during the NHL game at Staples Center on December 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Canucks 4-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Kings used a strong stretch run to qualify for the postseason, but they have the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks to deal with now that they're there.
After struggling for most of the season, the Los Angeles Kings found a way to sneak into the 2012 NHL playoffs with a strong stretch run, fueled in part by trade deadline moves. Their welcome present to the postseason? The top-ranked Vancouver Canucks, who are looking to erase the bitter taste of 2011 disappointment from their mouths after falling in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins.
Will the potent Canucks be too much for the Kings to handle, or can Jonathan Quick lead his club to an upset victory? We'll find out over the next two weeks. Here's the complete series schedule:
|Wednesday, April 11||10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles at Vancouver||CBC, NBC Sports Network|
|Friday, April 13||10 p.m.||Los Angeles at Vancouver||CBC, NBC Sports Network|
|Sunday, April 15||10:30 p.m.||Vancouver at Los Angeles||NBC Sports Network, CBC|
|Wednesday, April 18||10 p.m.||Vancouver at Los Angeles||NBC Sports Network, CBC|
|*Sunday, April 22||TBD||Los Angeles at Vancouver||TBD|
|*Tuesday, April 24||TBD||Vancouver at Los Angeles||TBD|
|*Thursday, April 26||TBD||Los Angeles at Vancouver||TBD|