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Daniel Sedin Out Again as Canucks Face Must Win in Game 3 at Kings

The reigning Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks, the team with the most points in the NHL again this season, can all but kiss their season goodbye tonight if they don’t go to Los Angeles and beat the Kings, who are up 2-0 in their playoff series. The Kings are -120 favorites on Bovada’s NHL hockey odds and there is live play-by-play betting available at the book.
 
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It’s clear the Canucks desperately miss Daniel Sedin, and he won’t be playing in Game 3 either. Sedin, the team's leading goal scorer, has missed the last 11 games with a concussion suffered March 21 during a 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. He didn’t even make the trip to Los Angeles, although the club is hoping he can perhaps get back if the Canucks can get the series back to Vancouver. But in reality he’s probably out for the series. Sedin was the anchor of the team’s power play unit but the Canucks are just 4 for 52 with the man advantage since he was injured, including 0 for 10 in the first two games of the series.
 
The Kings aren’t quite counting their chickens yet. Two years ago, the Kings were within a period of taking a 3-1 series lead against the Canucks. But they lost Game 4 at home and were outscored 11-4 in the final two games. The Kings have not won at home in the playoffs since Game 3 against the Canucks in 2010 (lost five straight home playoff games). This is just the third 2-0 series lead in franchise history for the Kings — the first since 1976, and the first ever on the road.
 
The Canucks have lost six of their last seven playoff games going back to last year’s Stanley Cup finals — and for the first time in franchise history, the Canucks have opened a playoff series with two home losses. Vancouver never trailed in a playoff series last year before Boston’s victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
 
It’s possible if not likely that Canucks coach Alain Vigneault makes a change in net as Roberto Luongo has given up seven goals to the 29th scoring team in the NHL. Backup Cory Schneider has outplayed him for two months – Schneider is 10-3-1, with a 1.54 GAA and a .949 save percentage since the All-Star break.
 
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