Kings look to end skid when they host Canucks

From FOX Sports - November 13, 2017

LOS ANGELESThe 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.

Were off to a tough start in this segment, Kings coach John Stevens told the team web site. Were 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 werent nearly good enough. Even though weve 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 thats just as hungry for a win. Vancouver has also lost two straight and the Canucks didnt 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 thats been the second hardest to score against at 2.41 goals-against per game this season, and the Kings own the leagues No. 1 penalty-kill unit at 91.9 percent.


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