The Los Angeles Kings' current run has helped put a slow start to their Stanley Cup title defense further behind them.
Visiting Los Angeles seeks a sixth consecutive victory Saturday night by knocking off the slumping Vancouver Canucks for the eighth time in 10 meetings.
The Kings (10-6-2) seemed to be suffering from the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover during a 3-5-2 start, but they've bounced back to win seven of eight.
Anze Kopitar has two goals and six assists during a four-game point streak after notching one of each in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Detroit.
"We're putting together a pretty good streak here, and we've got to keep it going," Kopitar said. "We know we had a bit of a slow start and we've got some catching up to do."
Los Angeles, which has at least one game in hand on every team in the Western Conference heading into Saturday's action, knows it will be a tough race for postseason spots during the shortened season.
"We want to be at the top of our division, top of our ...