Canucks looking to improve offense

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Vancouver (4-5-0) at Los Angeles (3-4-1) 10:30 p.m. EDT

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks need to start

scoring on a consistent basis if they want to climb out of the

cellar in the Northwest Division.

The Canucks try to bounce back from a shutout loss when they

visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Vancouver, which sits one point behind the Edmonton Oilers for

last in the Northwest, dropped a 1-0 decision to the Boston

Bruins on Tuesday - its fourth loss in five games.

The Canucks have scored two goals or less in each of those four

setbacks, leading coach Alain Vigneault to issue a challenge to

his forwards.

"At the end of the day, our top offensive players have to find a

way to score goals," he said.

Daniel Sedin, who led Vancouver with 29 goals last season,

scored twice in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames

in the second game of the season but has failed to tally in

seven contests since.

The Kings also are looking to rebound after suffering a 4-3

shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red

Wings on Monday. Oscar Moller, Kyle Calder and Alexander Frolov

each scored for Los Angeles, which are in the midst of a

season-high seven game homestand.

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