The Canucks have been in a similar situation to the Kings in the past, and it’s not a good one.
They have been outscored by 17 points in their last two games, and are sitting at a 1-5-1 record.
The Canucks will likely need to make some changes if they are going to win on Sunday.
Here’s how they can make it happen.
The offense needs to find some offence 2.
The defense needs to help keep the Kings out of the offensive zone 3.
The goaltending needs to be the best it can be 4.
The power play needs to go into gear 5.
The defence needs to step up in the defensive zone 6.
The goalie needs to keep the game tight 7.
The players need to put the puck in the net 8.
The fans need to be loud and excited The Canucks’ offence has been absolutely electric all season, but they are struggling to find any offence to go with it.
On Sunday, they will face the Kings for the second time this season.
The Kings are coming off a 5-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
They are coming in as the second seed in the Western Conference, but have lost six of their past seven games.
Vancouver has scored two goals or fewer in nine of their last 10 games.
They were tied for second in the NHL with a 0.86 goals per game average in that span.
On Friday night, the Canucks dominated the Kings with their first goal in as many games, a breakaway that tied the game at two minutes, 22 seconds.
It was the first goal they scored in seven games since Nov. 13.
“It’s a great first-period goal for the first time,” Canucks forward Jannik Hansen said.
“They were doing a great job for a while.
They made some plays and they scored a couple of good goals, and I thought they were really good defensively.”
It was an important night for Hansen, who played with the injured Jannick Weber on Friday night.
Weber is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game, and the Canucks have used the time to assess his injury.
“Jannik Weber’s injury is a little bit disappointing, but the guys did a good job of dealing with it,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.
Vigneaults also spoke to defenceman Jake Virtanen, who was sent to the minors last week for a check to the head.
“I think the fact that he’s in the minors right now for a month is pretty concerning,” Vigneaux said.
The injury could mean the Canucks lose a couple good defenders in the lineup.
Vancouver’s top three defencemen were injured for stretches last week, including centre Nick Bonino and left wing Kevin Bieksa.
Bieksas, who is expected back in the fold Saturday, is expected on the wing with Vigneaud’s veteran players.
He is expected for a physical check to his head, but will be fine.
Vignals team is thin at defence.
Vancouver currently has 11 defencemen in their lineup.
“That’s going to be a big test,” Canucks captain David Booth said.
He has been on a hot streak this season and is averaging 20:04 of ice time per game, the fourth-best average among Canucks defencemen.
But he is not expected to play.
“We’re not going to worry about it.
We’ll figure it out,” Vignaults coach said.
Cameron Marchand, who will be eligible to play Saturday after missing two games with a lower-body injury, had a strong performance in Vancouver’s 5-4 win against Calgary on Saturday.
Marchand led the Canucks with a plus-2 rating.
He had a goal and an assist.
Vancouver is 1-1-0 when Marchand plays.
Vancouver has lost six straight games to the Calgary Flames, including four straight at the Saddledome.
Calgary is coming off its third consecutive loss in Edmonton.
Calgary has lost four straight games at home, including a 3-0 defeat to the Oilers on Thursday.
The Flames are coming to Vancouver to face the Canucks for the fifth time in six seasons.
Vancouver lost to the Coyotes on Wednesday night, 3-2.
Petr Sykora scored the game-winning goal in the first period to help the Canucks take a 3.5-2 lead into the second.
The Canucks, who are coming into their home opener against the Calgary Stampeders, are coming back from a 3 1/2-game losing streak to the Colorado Avalanche, including two losses to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Avalanche have won four straight against Vancouver, including their most recent loss at Vancouver on Oct. 29.
“It’s really tough to come out of a loss like that, especially with the way we played the last couple of games,” Calgary defenseman Pheonix Copley said.
Calgary coach Dave Tippett said the team will try to get a win in Edmonton on