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Canucks seek offense against Kings

by Brian Compton

KINGS (15-6-3) at CANUCKS (12-9-4)


Last 10: Los Angeles 6-1-3; Vancouver 3-4-3

Season series: This is the second of five meetings between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks. The Kings cruised to a 5-1 victory against the Canucks on Nov. 9 at Staples Center.

Big story: Los Angeles is winless in its past two games, but it has earned at least one point in nine straight (6-0-3) despite the loss of No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is out with a groin injury. Vancouver, meanwhile, has won once in its past seven games (1-4-2). The Canucks have scored more than two goals once in that span.

Team Scope:

Kings: Los Angeles received another solid performance from goalie Ben Scrivens (32 saves), but the Kings lost their second in a row when Jamie McGinn scored 2:32 into overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 1-0 victory at Staples Center. Los Angeles was awarded four power plays in the game, but mustered 19 shots against Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov.

"We had a pretty good first period," Kings forward Anze Kopitar said. "In the second period, we got outplayed. The third period was back and forth. We were good on the penalty kill, and have to create a bit more on the power play. In overtime, it was just a tough bounce."

Canucks: Vancouver's offense continues to struggle. The Canucks have scored 65 goals in 25 games and only scored during a two-man advantage in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena on Saturday. Corey Crawford stopped 36 of 37 shots for the Blackhawks, who scored two goals in nine seconds early in the third period to erase Vancouver's 1-0 lead.

"We beat ourselves, and teams like Chicago will capitalize," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "We kill a penalty, we get our guy on the ice and we throw the puck away [and it] ends up in our net. We run how we forecheck off a faceoff every time, [but] we decide to go off the map and we give up an odd-man rush [and] it's in our net. We played a good hockey game, but we beat ourselves in those few seconds."

Who's hot: Scrivens hasn't allowed more than two goals in his past six starts. He has a 1.15 goals-against average and .955 save percentage over that span. … Canucks forward Ryan Kesler has a goal and two assists in his past four games.

Injury report: Los Angeles could get forward Jeff Carter (foot) back Monday. He's expected to take the pre-game skate. Besides Quick, the Kings are also expected to be without defenseman Matt Greene (upper body) and forward Trevor Lewis (lower body). … Vancouver will be without forward Jordan Schroeder (ankle).

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