The Vancouver Canucks (21-11-3) ring in the new year and kick off a five-game homestand when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings (18-12-8) tonight at Rogers Arena. Nicholas Castellanos Jersey . The Canucks appear as though they’ll go with the same line-up they used in their 3-1 win in San Jose on Tuesday. That means although he’s been cleared medically Zack Kassian will be a healthy scratch/coach’s decision tonight. Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots in the win over the Sharks allowing only a Joe Thornton penalty shot goal and will return to the net tonight. He is 3-0-1 in his past four starts giving up just six goals in that span. The Canucks as a team have picked up seven of eight points in their past four outings opening the scoring in each game and not trailing at any point including in a 2-1 overtime loss in Anaheim on Sunday. Canucks penalty killing was four for four on Tuesday against the league’s 2nd best power play and was a red-hot 34/36 (94.4%) in the month of December. It has jumped to third in the NHL at 87.3% for the season. After going 2-9-3 against California opponents last season, the Canucks are 3-1-2 in six outings so far in 2014-15. The one regulation loss in the bunch was a 5-1 setback in Los Angeles on November 8th. The Canucks enter the night a point up on the Kings with three games in hand. The Kings get back to work after a 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton on Tuesday. They fell 2-1 in Calgary the night before and are 1-1-2 in their last four contests. The Kings are expected to re-unite their 70’s line (Pearson-Carter-Toffoli) while Anze Kopitar centres Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams. Jeff Schultz is expected to replace Brayden McNabb on defense. LA is a surprising 4-8-6 on the road this season and a huge part of the problem has been the team’s 0-4-6 record in one-goal games away from home. The Kings power play has caught fire lately going 10 for 22 (45.4%) in the past six games and 10 of the last 19 goals the hockey club has scored have been with the man-advantage. Jonathan Quick has started eight straight games (3-2-3) and 11 of the last 12 and looks to be between the pipes again tonight. Los Angeles has lost five consecutive shootouts. Kings shooters are 2-for-21 on the season in the shootout and have been denied on the last 15 attempts since Marian Gaborik’s shootout goal in Anaheim on November 12. Jeff Carter is celebrating his 29th birthday today. He is one of seven players on the Kings roster with a January birthday. Koji Uehara Jersey .com) - Bradley Beal deposited a season-high 33 points and John Wall posted another double-double as the Washington Wizards went on the road and beat the Houston Rockets, 104-103. Zack Short Jersey . Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits and three RBIs, Michael Brantley also homered and the Indians beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins 9-4 Thursday for their first three-game winning streak this season.Dundee United have confirmed Ray McKinnon as their new manager on a three-year contract. McKinnon resigned his position as Raith Rovers manager on Tuesday and had been in negotiations to succeed Mixu Paatelainen, who was sacked last week.That came after Sky Sports News HQ reported on Monday that discussions were underway after Raith accepted the offer of compensation from United on Sunday. McKinnon in action for Dundee United during his first spell at the club McKinnon told the clubs website: This is a wonderful opportunity at a club that is close to my heart and I am looking forward to taking on the task of rebuilding the club and developing the talent required to get us where we should be.There are a lot of challenges ahead and it is important that we give ourselves every opportunity to succeed. We will work hard to build a team that the United fans can be proud of.An ex-United player, the 45-year-old Dundonian made 122 appearances for the Tangerines, scoring thirteen goals in two spellss at the Club. Kosuke Fukudome Jersey . United, who were relegated from the Scottish Premiership and docked three further points for fielding ineligible players, confirmed McKinnon will watch Saturdays game away to Kilmarnock from the stand. McKinnon salutes the Rovers fans after the play-off defeat at Easter Road McKinnon guided Rovers to an impressive fourth-place Championship finish before their promotion hopes ended following a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Hibernian in the play-off quarter-final.McKinnon added: I want to thank everyone at Raith Rovers.I really enjoyed my time there and I am grateful to them for being so understanding of my desire to become manager of Dundee United. Raith Rovers are a fabulous, proper club whom I wish all the best. Also See: Raith accept McKinnon offer McKinnon starts United talks United in talks for McKinnon McKinnon resigns from Raith ' ' '