The No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings had a chance to finish off the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks at home at Staples Center on Wednesday night, but the plucky Canucks were able to stay alive with a 3-1 win. The Kings, still in search of their first NHL playoff series win since 2001, have another shot at eliminating Vancouver but will have to do so on the road on Sunday. Here are the details surrounding Game 5:
Series: No. 8 Los Angeles 3, No. 1 Vancouver 1
Game 5 Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver
Time: 5 p.m. PDT
TV: NBC Sports Network nationally, Fox Sports West locally, which is a welcome change from Wednesday night, when Game 4 was not on locally, leaving Los Angeles area residents without NBC Sports Network out of luck.
Road Warriors: Dating back to last season, the Kings have won four consecutive road playoff games, including capturing the first two games of this series at Rogers Arena. When the Canucks eliminated the Kings in seven games in the first round in the 2010 playoffs, Vancouver won three of its four home games.
New Second Line For Canucks: After the Kings took a 1-0 lead into the second period in Game 4, Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault moved Maxim Lapierre to his second line with Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler, and Kesler had an assist as the Canucks pulled out a 3-1 win to save their season. That second line will continue for Game 5.
"We're in a tough spot right now. We're trying to do whatever's best for the team. Whatever the coaching staff feels is right to do, we're more than willing to do it," Burrows told the Associated Press.
Momentum Is Tonight's Goalie: Jonathan Quick has been stellar between the pipes for the Kings, with a .952 save percentage and a Game 3 shutout win. Cory Schneider helped Vancouver stay alive by saving 43 of 44 shots on Wednesday in Game 4. It seems whichever goaltender is the hottest on Sunday night will be the winner in Game 5.