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7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ETNaN:� BRT, November 14, 2017
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,230

Kings look to end skid when they host Canucks

Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings

  1. Vancouver was blanked, 5-0, in San Jose on Saturday night, dropping its second straight tilt by a combined score of 9-1. The Canucks enter tonight's contest with a mark of 5-3-0 on the road in 2017-18
  2. The Kings lost, 2-1, to the Sharks at Staples Center on Sunday night, and have now dropped back-to-back games for the first time of the year. Los Angeles is just 0-2-1 in its last three home contests (5-0-1 in first six games of the season at Staples Center).
  3. Tonight marks the first meeting of 2017-18 between the Canucks and Kings. These clubs split four games last season, each beating the other once at home and once on the road.
  4. Vancouver's leading point-getter, Brock Boeser, has just one assist (zero goals) in four games since recording his first career hat trick on November 4 vs. Pittsburgh. Boeser (14 points) is one of two rookies leading his team in scoring this year (Arizona's Clayton Keller is the other).
  5. Dustin Brown lit the lamp for the eighth time of the year Sunday night, giving him two goals and two helpers during his current three-game point streak. Brown is averaging one point per game in 2017-18 -- the highest single-season average in his 14 career NHL campaigns.
  6. Vancouver's blueliners have combined to light the lamp just three times this season -- third fewest of any NHL club. Kings' defensemen have put the puck in the net 10 times in 2017-18 (tied for eighth most in hockey).

(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have lost two in a row for the first time this season and they will try to put an end to the streak when they host the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday at Staples Center.

The Kings (11-4-2) lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Thursday and then to the visiting San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Sunday. Los Angeles gave up four goals in a span of 2:02 of the first period against the Lightning. They shut out the Sharks for two periods before surrendering a one-goal lead in the third.

The game against San Jose was the start of five in eight days.

"We're off to a tough start in this segment," Kings coach John Stevens told the team web site. "We're in no different of a situation now than we were when we were winning games. We did some good things when we were winning, and we did some things that weren't nearly good enough. Even though we've lost games, we did some good things in the games, and there are clearly areas we need to be better at."

One of the areas in on the forecheck and the Kings will be up against a team that's just as hungry for a win. Vancouver has also lost two straight and the Canucks didn't come close in either game. They lost 4-1 at the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday and 5-0 at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Vancouver (8-7-2) has dropped to 27th in the NHL at 2.53 goals a game and 28th on the power play with a 14.1 percent success rate. The Canucks will be up against a defense that's been the second hardest to score against at 2.41 goals-against per game this season, and the Kings own the league's No. 1 penalty-kill unit at 91.9 percent.

"Teams are so good now killing, you can't guess out there," Vancouver forward Loui Eriksson told the Province on Monday. "You have to know where to put pucks and get the second chances and even after scrambles, knowing where to put pucks. That's been our biggest problem."

Eriksson returned against San Jose after missing 12 games with a knee injury and took five shots on goal in 18:16 of ice time. He was second on the Canucks with five power-play goals in 65 games last season and should help with the man advantage.

Los Angeles is 11th in the NHL in scoring at 3.18 goals a game.

They've been benefiting from solid bounce-back years from their two longest-tenured players, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, who have each scored eight goals. Kopitar scored 12 in 76 games last season, and Brown had 14 in 80 games.

Adrian Kempe is also beginning to show the Kings may have found a gem with the 29th overall draft pick in 2014.

Kempe is second on the team with seven goals, and has filled in nicely centering the second line with Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. He took over the spot previously occupied by last season's leading goal scorer, Jeff Carter, who is out indefinitely with a leg laceration.

Updated November 14, 2017

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