Canucks meet Kings of basement

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

The Crow is landing in his old nest tonight.

Marc Crawford, fired after the Vancouver Canucks missed the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, brings his lowly Los Angeles Kings to General Motors Place tonight (7 p.m., Team 1040/Sportsnet).

Crawford's crew is in last place in the Western conference with a 16-34 record, including a half-dozen tiebreaker losses. The Kings' roster includes ex-Canuck blueliner Brent Sopel and injury-plagued goaltender Dan Cloutier. Cloutier is gone for the rest of this season with a hip injury. Fellow netminder Mathieu Garon suffered a broken finger, which meant Crawford had to go with rookies Barry Brust and Yutaka Fukufuji until picking up veteran Sean Burke, who was waived by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fukufuji, who started a Jan. 16 6-2 loss in Atlanta, is the first Japanese-born goaltender in NHL history.

Roberto Luongo is expected to start in goal for the Canucks after his disappointing first period performance in Wednesday's NHL All-Star Game in Dallas. Luongo allowed three goals on 12 shots, but the Western conference came back to win 12-9.

Canucks, 27-21 (including two tiebreaker losses), continue the four-game homestand Sunday vs. the San Jose Sharks, Tuesday vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets and Feb. 1 vs. the Edmonton Oilers.


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