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Thursday, January 18th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (17-21-8) at Los Angeles Kings (16-26-6), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will attempt to avoid their longest losing streak of the season tonight, when they welcome the St. Louis Blues to Staples Center.

The Kings have dropped five straight contests (0-4-1), matching the longest skid for the team since it also lost five in a row from October 22-28.

LA's most recent setback came Tuesday in Atlanta, as Marian Hossa notched his second hat trick of the season to help the Thrashers rout the Kings, 6-2.

Alexander Frolov and Tom Kostopoulos each had a goal for the Kings. Yutaka Fukufuji started in net for Los Angeles and made just six saves on nine shots before being pulled early in the second period. Barry Brust finished the game in net and made 17 saves.

Fukufuji is the first Japanese-born player in NHL history.

The Kings, who are last in the Western Conference with 38 points, begin a brief two-game homestand tonight. They are 11-10-6 in the City of Angels this year.

Meanwhile, the Blues have split the first two stops on a four-game road trip and are coming off Tuesday's easy win over the sliding Anaheim Ducks. Curtis Sanford made 30 saves and six different St. Louis players scored in the 6-2 triumph.

Eric Brewer tallied a goal and two assists for the Blues, who have won four of their last five and 10 of their last 14 games overall (10-2-2).

Keith Tkachuk scored his seventh goal in the last 10 games for St. Louis, while Doug Weight, Petr Cajanek, Dallas Drake and Jamal Mayers also posted goals in the win.

The Blues are third in the Central division with 42 points.

St. Louis is 2-1 against the Kings this year, including a 6-5 triumph at the Scottrade Center last Saturday, and has taken eight of the last 13 encounters overall.

01/18 10:46:37 ET

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