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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, January 16th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (16-14-10-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (11-24-6-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings try once again to cure their woes tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

LA is winless in its last 13 games (0-3-9-1), including three straight ties with the Blue Jackets, Predators and Wild. On Wednesday, Minnesota's Dwayne Roloson frustrated the Kings with 44 saves and they were forced to settle for a 2-2 deadlock.

Eric Belanger and Scott Barney scored for Los Angeles, hasn't won in exactly a month -- the last time being December 16 against Edmonton. Roman Cechmanek made 21 saves for the Kings on Wednesday.

The Kings are suffering through their longest winless skid since a 16-game stretch during the 1981-82 season. They are just four shy of the franchise record 17-game streak from the 1969-70 campaign.

Los Angeles, with 46 points, is still tied with Dallas and Phoenix for second place in the Pacific Division -- seven behind San Jose.

The Kings, 0-3-4 in their last seven road games, will visit Chicago on Sunday.

Columbus, meanwhile, is winless in three straight (0-1-2), including Thursday's 5-3 loss in St. Louis to conclude a seven-game road trip. Mark Rycroft and Eric Boguniecki scored goals just over a minute apart in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit and lift the Blues.

Nikolai Zherdev, Todd Marchant and Geoff Sanderson posted a goal and an assist apiece for the Blue Jackets, who completed their trek 2-3-2. Marc Denis stopped 21 shots in defeat.

Columbus has just three wins in its last 20 games overall (3-12-3-2).

The Blue Jackets, who are 0-6-1-1 in their last eight at home, open a three- game stand tonight and will host Edmonton on Sunday. They will play seven of their last eight games this month at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings with Los Angeles, and the Kings have dropped their last two in Ohio.

01/16 10:11:39 ET

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