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Saturday, January 4th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (23-12-7) at Los Angeles Kings (25-13-4), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid their longest losing streak in over six years on Saturday night when they open up a homestand against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Kings have dropped five straight in regulation, capping a winless four- game road trip with Thursday's 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Martin Jones got the start between the pipes for Los Angeles, but was pulled in the second period after allowing two goals on 14 shots. Ben Scrivens stopped only nine of the 12 shots he faced in relief.

"We're down on ourselves, but we can't be," said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. "We need to pick ourselves up. We need to get that confidence back."

After allowing just eight goals in winning the first eight starts of his NHL career, Jones has yielded seven goals in three straight losses.

Scrivens, meanwhile, has not won since Dec. 2, losing three straight starts, as the duo is slumping in place of the injured Jonathan Quick, who is nearing a return from a strained groin and has not played since Nov. 12.

The Kings now begin a five-game homestand on their longest losing streak since dropping five in a row from Dec. 3-13, 2011. A loss tonight would give Los Angeles its longest skid since it dropped eight in a row from Dec. 12-26, 2007.

The Canucks are a solid 10-2-2 in their last 14, but are coming off a 4-2 setback to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Brad Richardson and Zac Dalpe scored in the Canucks' second straight loss, while Eddie Lack yielded all four goals on 33 shots as Vancouver put forth a performance that disappointed head coach John Tortorella.

"It was our worst game of the year," Tortorella said. "We deserved to lose that one. I just think it was a game that we were out of sorts, out of sync, and it wasn't just one particular guy. It was the whole team."

Lack made his third straight start since Roberto Luongo suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 22. However, the netminder appears ready to return to action after Vancouver sent goaltender Joacim Eriksson back to the American Hockey League on Thursday.

Luongo is 14-10-5 with a 2.33 goals against average and three shutouts in his career versus the Kings, while Lack has faced them just once before in relief on Nov. 9, stopping 13-of-14 shots faced.

The Kings have won the two previous meetings between the clubs this season and have split their last six at home versus the Canucks.

01/04 10:55:58 ET

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Local
3rd
CAR 10
CLE 6
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
3:30pm Today
TOR
NYK
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
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OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
1st OT
ARMY 65
MAINE 65
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
 
1st OT
CLST 66
USF 64
 
2nd
CARK 45
CCAR 64
 
2nd
UWGB 46
ARKLR 31
 
2nd
RAD 36
CORN 38
 
2nd
UNT 41
CREI 24
 
2nd
CAN 28
HC 23
 
2nd
USB 35
GHND 35
 
2nd
OKST 32
MD 47
 
2nd
WINT 44
REIN 32
 
2nd
UGST 43
SMISS 33
 
2nd
NEOM 45
TXPA 35
 
2nd
STLU 29
VERM 28
 
2nd
UNCA 38
WCU 28
 
Half
EVAN 47
ALAST 49
 
Half
HART 42
FIU 31
 
1st
VALPO 31
GOSHEN 22
 
1st
LIP 3
PEAY 2
 
1st
DEN 0
BRY 0
 
1st
MONT 4
SD 4
 
1st
MTST 0
TENST 0
 
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SAMF
LAMON
 
3:30pm Today
SCAR
COKR
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
3rd
NOS 7
ATL 20
 
3rd
HOU 16
BAL 7
 
3rd
CAR 10
CLE 6
 
3rd
CHI 14
DET 10
 
4th
TAM 3
GBP 10
 
3rd
PIT 10
KAN 6
 
3rd
MIA 14
MIN 17
 
4th
NYJ 13
NEP 10
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA