Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings (-133, 5)
With their first win of the season finally behind them, the Los Angeles Kings go for two straight when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. The Kings began the defense of their Stanley Cup championship with three consecutive losses, including Wednesday's overtime setback to the Edmonton Oilers on the road. Los Angeles concluded its three-game trip Saturday with a 4-2 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes as Anze Kopitar scored his first two goals of the campaign.
Vancouver is concluding its three-game tour of California. The Canucks began the trip with a 5-0 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday before running into the red-hot San Jose Sharks on Sunday. They fell behind by two goals early and suffered a 4-1 loss, becoming the Sharks' fifth straight victim to start the season. Captain Henrik Sedin failed to record a point, leaving him six away from surpassing Markus Naslund (756) as Vancouver's all-time leader.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TSN, FSN West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE CANUCKS (2-2-1): Alex Edler has 22 career power-play goals, tying him with Doug Lidster and Ed Jovanovski for sixth place on the franchise list among defensemen. Vancouver proved hockey is a game of inches on Sunday. The club managed just one goal against San Jose but easily could have had six as it hit the post four times and rang one shot off the crossbar. "We had some looks, we hit some posts," said left wing Alex Burrows, who scored the team's lone goal. "At the end of the day, we have to score some goals on our power play." The Canucks went 0-for-7 with the man advantage.
ABOUT THE KINGS (1-2-1): Los Angeles would receive a much-needed boost if its power play began clicking. The Kings failed to cash in on four opportunities Saturday and are 0-for-23 thus far this season, making them the only team in the league without a man-advantage goal. After hosting the Nashville Predators on Thursday, Los Angeles plays eight of its next nine games away from the Staples Center. It begins a five-game road trip in Anaheim on Saturday. The trek continues through Columbus, Nashville, Detroit and St. Louis before the Kings return home to entertain the Blue Jackets on Feb. 15. They then go back on the road for games in Chicago, Edmonton and Calgary.
* Canucks are 1-4 in their last five vs. a team with a losing record.
* Under is 4-0 in Canucks’ last four overall.
* Under is 7-0 in Kings’ last seven games following a win.
* Kings are 4-0 in their last four Monday games.
1. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is two victories away from 400 for his career.
2. Kings LW Kyle Clifford is riding a career-high four-game point streak.
3. Burrows passed Dennis Vervegaert and Alex Mogilny for 14th place on Vancouver's all-time list with his 140th goal.