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Monday, November 25th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (15-6-3) at Vancouver Canucks (12-9-4), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks have both had their issues scoring goals of late and the two look to break out in a matchup on Monday night.

The Kings have gone 6-0-3 over their last nine games despite having been held to three goals or fewer in eight of 10 contests this month. Los Angeles has failed to score more than two goals six times in that span.

The Canucks, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven and have scored just six non-shootout goals in the six setbacks.

Vancouver seemed to break out with a 6-2 win over Columbus on Friday, but fell back into a funk the following night in a 2-1 setback to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal with 1:27 left to go in the first period, but the Canucks' offense went cold from there and the Blackhawks scored twice in a nine-second span during the third period to rally to victory.

Roberto Luongo turned aside 27 chances for Vancouver, which fell to 1-2-2 on its six-game homestand that ends tonight.

"I thought we did a lot of good things, but we beat ourselves tonight. We played a good game," said Canucks coach John Tortorella.

The Kings have dropped two straight in overtime and were shut out for the first time this season with Saturday's 1-0 overtime setback to the Colorado Avalanche. Los Angeles played without forwards Jeff Carter, Trevor Lewis and Matt Frattin, while goaltender Jonathan Quick remains out.

Ben Scrivens has been excellent in replacing Quick, going 4-0-2 with a 1.15 goals against average and .955 save percentage in six games since Quick's groin strain.

Scrivens made 32 saves in Saturday's loss and saw Colorado's overtime winner hit off teammate Jarret Stoll following a save.

"We played a good game. (We're) having trouble scoring right now," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. "We've got a lot of guys out of the lineup. ... It's hard. You're mixing. It's sort of like diversifying your portfolio."

The Kings didn't have much trouble scoring when they faced the Canucks for the first time this season on Nov. 9. Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist, while Mike Richards notched a goal and a pair of helpers in the 5-1 win.

Quick made 25 saves for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game series losing streak with the home win. It has lost seven of its last nine in Vancouver.

Scrivens has never faced the Canucks, while Luongo made just 14 saves on 18 shots in the loss before getting pulled after 32 minutes of work.

Luongo fell to 14-10-4 with a 2.31 GA in 28 career meetings with the Kings.

11/25 10:58:06 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
Final
CHI 97
WAS 92
Final
DEN 106
MIL 95
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
Final
UGA 64
KENT 72
 
Final
NW 82
MICH 78
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
1st OT
KU 76
WVU 69
 
Final
CREI 72
VILL 76
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
Final
FLA 2
TOR 3
Final
MIN 3
OTT 2
Final
DAL 3
NYI 2
Final
ARI 1
ANA 4
2nd Intermission
VAN 2
SJS 4