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Monday, April 3rd (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (40-29-7) at Los Angeles Kings (39-31-5), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to avoid their third consecutive loss tonight when they travel to the City of Angels to battle the Kings at the Staples Center.

The Canucks can ill afford a lengthy losing streak at this juncture. They have 87 points and are seventh in the Western Conference playoff standings. Edmonton is lurking just one point behind in eighth place.

Vancouver was handed a 6-2 loss in Anaheim on Sunday afternoon. Teemu Selanne and Samuel Pahlsson each netted two goals to lead the Mighty Ducks.

Todd Bertuzzi and Mattias Ohlund both scored for Vancouver, which is also five points behind first place Calgary in the Northwest Division and one point in back of idle Colorado for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Also on Sunday, Alexander Auld allowed four goals on 23 shots before being pulled with 10:04 left in second period. His replacement, Mika Noronen, stopped 5-of-7 shots over the remainder of the game.

Tonight is the finale of brief two-game road trip for the Canucks, who are just 17-19-2 as the visitors this year. Vancouver will begin a three-game homestand Saturday versus Calgary.

The Kings ended a three-game losing streak with Saturday's close win over visiting Dallas. Mathieu Garon stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season as LA defeated Dallas, 1-0, at the Staples Center.

Jeremy Roenick scored the only goal of the game for the Kings, who moved to within three points of Edmonton for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Kings, who are 24-12-1 as the hosts this year, end a two-game homestand tonight.

The Kings have won two of three meetings with the Canucks this season, but Vancouver is 8-3-3 (3 losses, 3 ties) in the last 14 battles.

04/03 10:44:32 ET

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