Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks on the Verge of Elimination

The Canucks are looking to prevent elimination tonight in game 4 at the Staples Centre, while the Kings are trying for their first ever sweep in a best-of-7 series.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Vezina trophy candidate for 2011-2012
Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann, PNG/Postmedia News

Monday night, the Vancouver Canucks went down in the series 3-0 to LA, thanks to an impressive performance from Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who stopped all 41 shots for his eleventh shutout of the year. Tonight, they're hoping that star forward Daniel Sedin will return after missing 4 weeks with a concussion to prevent them from being only the sixth Presidents Trophy winners to lose in the first round of the playoffs. However, Canucks staff aren't rushing Daniel's comeback, saying they only want him to return when he's feeling 100 percent. On a side note, Daniel did practice with the team yesterday and says he's feeling better, which is good news for the Canucks.

Another tough decision for Canucks staff and head coach, is which goalie will start game 4. In the first two games, Roberto Luongo was between the pipes, allowing 7 goals on 64 shots. After two straight losses, head coach Alain Vigneault tried to get the team going by starting Cory Schneider. Despite losing game 3 as well, Schneider did only allow 1 goal on 20 shots. Luckily for the Kings, they don't have to think about their goaltending at all. Jonathan Quick, who has been stellar this series, boasts a .965 save percentage saving 111 out of 115 shots.

So which goalie do you think will be starting game 4 for the Canucks? Feel free to send us a message on twitter @ACSportsBlog.


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