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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. Jamel Dean Jersey . 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 Saturdays 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 Quicks groin strain. Scrivens made 32 saves in Saturdays loss and saw Colorados overtime winner hit off teammate Jarret Stoll following a save. "We played a good game. (Were) having trouble scoring right now," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. "Weve got a lot of guys out of the lineup. ... Its hard. Youre mixing. Its sort of like diversifying your portfolio." The Kings didnt 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. Buccaneers Jerseys China Cheap . -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has no concerns about the health of shortstop Derek Jeter, who was limited to 17 games last season due to leg injuries. Lee Roy Selmon Jersey . Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, city natives, handled the catering for teammates that begged them for the tasty postgame feast.WHISTLER, B.C. - Two of the newest Vancouver Canucks have already been introduced to what life will be like playing in a Canadian NHL market. Radim Vrbata got spotted as soon as he landed, while Nick Bonino received some preferential treatment while out shopping. For a pair that most recently plied their trade in the U.S. sunbelt, it might take some getting used to. "When we got in at the airport (I got recognized) at customs. That was surprising," said Vrbata, who signed a two-year deal with the Canucks in July after five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes. "They knew (who I was) right away." Bonino, meanwhile, arrived in Vancouver as part of the trade that sent Ryan Kelser to the Anaheim Ducks and had a similar welcome-to-Canada moment. "I was at the Apple Store and one of the guys was helping me out. I think I got a little quicker service because of that," he said. "Its definitely going to be a change but it should be fun." The Canucks are putting a lot of faith in Vrbata and Bonino at training camp as the team looks to rebound after missing the playoffs in 2013-14 for the first time in six seasons. Vrbata has been slotted onto the top line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, while Bonino looks like a good bet to centre the second unit alongside Alexandre Burrows and Zack Kassian. "Its been good trying to learn how (the Sedins) play and what they like to do," said Vrbata, who had 21 goals and 30 assists last season. "Once we start playing games I think that will tell more." Getting a player to succeed on the wing with the Sedins has been difficult at times, but Vrbata said he expects things to click. "The chemistry might take a couple games or it might just take one game," said the 33-year-old Czech. "You can have two all-star players and a lesser known guy and he clicks with those guys. Or you can have three superstars and they dont click together. Chemistry is something you cant put your finger on it." Bonino had 22 goals and 27 assists for Anaheim in 2013-14, but will have an expanded role on the Canucks after bouncing around from line to line with the Ducks. "You want to build on every year. The biggest thing with me is confidence. Every year Ive gained confidence. In this league you need it," said the 26-year-old from Unionville, Conn. "If youre the type of player I am who wants to make plays, wants to make passes, you cant settle into a dump-and-chase game and make the safe play because at the end of the day youre going to get nowhere with it. "Playing with (Burrows and Kassian), we should be able to be creative. I think what you can expect from me is just good two-way hockey, pretty responsible in my end, and when that happens youre usually in the other zone a lot. Warren Sapp Jersey. " Bonino said getting accustomed to his new teammates in training camp is vital, but added the players know nothing is ever set in stone. "You want to learn tendencies and feel out where theyre going to be on the ice, where they want you on the ice. Thats definitely something to keep in mind," he said. "At the same time, you never want to not get chances with other guys. You want to see what kind of chemistry there is all over the lineup." Vrbata and Bonino have both gotten good reviews from teammates early in camp for their skill, commitment and ability to mesh with the core. "Vrbata is a smart player. Ive liked him from Day 1. Its been really good," said Daniel Sedin. "When we played (the Coyotes) thats one guy we looked out for because hes a great scorer. Hes also a smart two-way player. Hes got no real weaknesses." Added Burrows: "I really like what Ive seen from Nick so far. I think he moves the puck extremely well, hes got good vision, works hard and hes a smart player. Hes going to make plays out there." Those plays will be critical for a team that had difficulty creating offence last season and has undergone a facelift in a number of areas since April. "(Vrbata and the Sedins) have been good. Theyre a real good line," said rookie head coach Willie Desjardins. "Theyve all got skill and theyre all smart players. "Bonino has stepped right in and played well. I think its another line that can play and has some real good ability." Vancouver also got reliable defenceman Luca Sbisa in the Kesler trade, signed veteran goaltender Ryan Miller, and acquired gritty forward Derek Dorsett in a deal with the New York Rangers. "Derek Dorsetts always been a favourite of mine," said first-year general manager Jim Benning. "We like the way he plays. Hes a heart and soul guy. He leaves it all on the ice every shift. Hes a real good teammate. He does everything that he can to help the team win." Bonino said he doesnt think about who he was traded for and wont put pressure on himself to put up similar numbers to the ones Kesler produced during his time in Vancouver. "I think any time youre in a market like this with the media, with the fans, with a team in Canada especially, theres pressure to win," said Bonino. "Whether that means scoring goals or getting a ton of points, I think honestly it comes down 

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