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Kings headed in wrong direction in loss to Canucks

Kings headed in wrong direction in loss to Canucks

Win or lose, the Kings were still going to possess first place in the Pacific Division after Tuesday. They were the third-highest scoring team in the Western Conference and the talk of the NHL to start the season.

They still needed change.

That was underscored by a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center that represented their third straight loss. Beforehand the Kings traded Michael Cammalleri to the Edmonton Oilers for Jussi Jokinen in a swap of veteran forwards.

Kings general manager Rob Blake wants regularity from a bottom-six forward group that has seen a rotation of prospects, coupled with the unsuccessful reunion with Cammalleri. Blake acquired Jokinen...

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