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The Los Angeles Kings continue to put plenty of pressure on opposing goaltenders, but they're suddenly having trouble converting those chances.

The Kings try to break out of their mini-scoring slump Monday night when they host the Atlanta Thrashers, who hope to match a franchise record with their fourth straight road win.

After scoring 32 goals during a 7-1-0 stretch, Los Angeles (24-22-8) has managed just two combined goals in losing its last two games - both at home.

The Kings lost to Edmonton 3-2 in a shootout Saturday and have fallen five points back of eighth-place Anaheim in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles managed just one goal in the first 59 minutes against the Oilers before captain Dustin Brown, who is second on team with 21 goals, sent the game into overtime on a power-play score with 26 seconds left in regulation.

Although the Kings again struggled to find the back of the net, they had no shortage of scoring opportunities. Los Angeles outshot Edmonton 41-21 and is averaging 36.6 shots in its last five games.

"It seems that we're generating a lot of chances but weren't not getting any lucky breaks," said center Anze Kopitar, who has 16 goals and a team-high 43 points. "If we're creating, I'm sure those breaks are going to come."

With the offense stumbling, goaltender Jon Quick had another solid effort go to waste. Quick, who is 4-1-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average and one shutout in six games this month, has stopped 37 of 40 shots in the Kings' last two games.

Quick, who has made 10 straight starts, has never faced the Thrashers (20-32-5).

Atlanta makes the short trip to Los Angeles after defeating Anaheim 8-4 on Sunday in its highest scoring game since an 8-3 win over Ottawa on Jan. 2, 2006.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored three goals in a 6:51 span of the second period for the Thrashers, who totaled just nine goals in their previous six games combined.

Kovalchuk, who also had an assist, has a goal in each of his last four games.

"I think he has really been skating well the last three or four games," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "He is starting to feel like himself again. He's hounding the puck, he's chasing the puck. He gets it - he's dangerous, obviously."

Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves Sunday to help the Thrashers, owners of the league's second-worst record, win for just the third time in 10 games.

As disappointing as this season has been, Atlanta has played much better on the road lately.

The Thrashers, who opened a four-game road trip Sunday, have won three straight away from Atlanta after going 2-6-1 in their previous nine road contests. The franchise record for consecutive road wins is four, most recently accomplished Nov. 3-21, 2007.

Lehtonen has been in goal for each game during the road winning streak, posting a 1.95 GAA in that span. In his only career game versus the Kings on Jan. 16, 2007, Lehtonen made 28 saves in Atlanta's 6-2 victory - the last meeting between these teams.

Atlanta traded veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider on Monday to Montreal for two draft picks. Schneider had 15 points in 44 games this season.

While the Thrashers have had some success on the road lately, they are 1-4-0 at Los Angeles. The Kings lead the all-time series 7-1-2.

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