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Slumping Kings, Blue Jackets look to break losing streaks

Oct 27, 2006 - 1:54 PM Los Angeles (3-6-2) at Columbus (2-4-1) 7:00 pm EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) - The Los Angeles Kings look to avoid an eighth defeat in nine games Friday when they play the third contest of a four-game road trip against the similarly struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.

A lack of offense has been a major problem for Los Angeles, which has been outscored, 12-4, in losing its last three games. The Kings, who already trail the first-place Anaheim Ducks by eight points in the Pacific Division, are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Brian Willsie scored the only goal for Los Angeles, which was blanked in seven power-play opportunities. The Kings have struggled on the power play all season, going 9-for-83 (10.8 percent).

The Blue Jackets also have been playing poorly lately, losing four consecutive games. Columbus also has had trouble scoring goals, as it has been shut out twice during the losing streak while getting outscored, 17-5.

Columbus was shut out in its last loss, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

The Blue Jackets hope Sergei Fedorov will return to form and help boost the goal production. Fedorov suffered a shoulder injury in a September 19 preseason game and returned Monday against the Sharks, but was not a factor.

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