Southern California is a great place to visit this time of year, unless you're one of the 28 NHL teams that doesn't play there.
The Canucks led 1-0 after two periods against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, but L.A. kept firing and wound up with a 3-1 victory. Anaheim is 12 points ahead of Vancouver in the Pacific Division and hasn't lost in regulation in its 18 games at Honda Center this season.
Here's a look at all of the NHL action Sunday:
Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins -- Like the Canucks, the Jets have a tough back-to-back on the road this weekend. They come to Pittsburgh for a game against the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins after a 4-1 loss to the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday. The Penguins, 18-3-0 at Consol Energy Center after beating the New York Rangers 5-2 on Friday, might have center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang back in the lineup. They skated Saturday at practice, and coach Dan Bylsma said he'll evaluate them before making a decision prior to game time.
Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes -- The Predators and Hurricanes flew to Raleigh, N.C., from different directions and different endings to their games Saturday night. Nashville rallied from a 4-2 deficit late in regulation to force overtime against the Florida Panthers, but lost the game 5-4 in a shootout. The Predators are 0-4 in tiebreakers. Carolina came home after holding off the New York Islanders 3-2 thanks to a 38 saves by Anton Khudobin. The Hurricanes might not have captain Eric Staal, who left the game on Long Island with a lower-body injury in the second period and didn't return.
San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks -- NHL coaches harp about making sure their teams "start on time." San Jose didn't do that Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver; the Sharks allowed the game's first four goals, scored the next three, and came up one short in a 4-3 loss. Chicago is back at United Center after splitting two games during a snowy trip to the New York area, losing to the New York Islanders before beating the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Friday thanks to a hat trick by Patrick Sharp.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Edmonton Oilers -- The Lightning will go for a sweep of the three Western Canada teams when they visit Rexall Place, where the Oilers are back home after being dominated in back-to-back road losses to the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. Tampa Bay has allowed two goals in beating the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. Edmonton has lost four in a row since the Christmas break and didn't show a lot in 5-1 and 5-2 losses to the Sharks and Ducks. The three members of the Oilers top line -- Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Perron -- sat out part of the third period in Anaheim and finished a combined minus-9.
Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks -- The good news for the Canucks on Saturday was the return of Roberto Luongo, who made 48 saves in his first game back after a lower-body injury. Vancouver led 1-0 after two periods, but the Los Angeles Kings finished with the most shots allowed by the Canucks this season. The Ducks shook off a shaky start and beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Friday to improve to 16-0-2 at home; they are the third team in the past 25 years to open the season by getting points in 17 or more consecutive home games. Anaheim is 15-0-2 at Honda Center and has won six in a row in its building.