Kings losing slide at five games and counting

January 04, 2014 18:45:55 UK

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings return to the Staples Center in LA on Saturday evening to welcome in the Vancouver Canucks in a clash of Pacific Division rivals.

The Kings are four points behind the San Jose Sharks in the Division after Thursday’s 5-0 defeat in St. Louis that concluded a miserable road swing through Nashville, Chicago and Dallas. LA has been out-scored 17-6 during their five-game skid and will look to snap that streak against a Vancouver side that has lost two straight and failed to beat the Kings in their two previous contests this campaign.

Sunday the Canucks move on to play the Ducks down the I-5 freeway at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Pacific Division leaders had far too much for the Edmonton Oilers on Friday as they cruised to a 5-2 triumph. Ben Lovejoy scored twice and Kyle Palmieri, Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano also lit the lamp for the hosts who made it two straight in the first couple of games of their four-game home stand.

Seven points adrift of the Ducks, the San Jose Sharks are in Colorado on Saturday afternoon to play the Avalanche. Patrick Roy’s side continues to maintain their position in third place in the Central Division behind the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues following a win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Potential playoff opponents in the Western Conference, the Sharks and Avalanche have met once previously this season at the SAP Center in San Jose where the Sharks edged the visitors 5-4 in a shootout.

The Sharks areĀ 9.50 to win the Stanley Cup and the Blackhawks can be backed at 7.00.

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