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The Canucks‘ problems are clear: Kings captain Dustin Brown has matched the entire Vancouver roster by scoring four goals in the series, and Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick has stopped 111 of the Canucks‘ 115 shots _ far too many from harmless positions outside the Kings’ sturdy defense.

“We’re doing all the things we need to do on defense consistently,” Quick said. “If we stick to our game and keep it simple, that’s how you compete with a team with that much talent.”

Vancouver hasn’t even been able to capitalize on its usually impressive power play, going 0 for 14 in the first three games. Much of that ineptitude must be related to Daniel Sedin, who had 10 goals and 15 assists on the power play in the regular season, but key defenseman Alex Edler also has played poorly in the series.

There’s more: Ryan Kesler hasn’t scored a goal in 15 games, David Booth has one goal in 14 games, and playmaker Henrik Sedin has one goal in 24 games.

“Pucks haven’t been going in lately, and it’s been hard to score,” said Booth, who hasn’t scored in the first three playoff games of his career. “It’s intense, though. It’s been really exciting, so much fun to play (in the postseason).”

While the Canucks hope Daniel Sedin returns, the Kings also could get some depth reinforcements. Brad Richardson, a back-line forward who hasn’t played since undergoing an appendectomy eight days earlier, was cleared to play Tuesday.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter will put no undue pressure on his team to finish off the series in four games. Los Angeles has been impressive in the playoffs after a disappointing finish to the regular season, but Sutter realizes the differences between those efforts are minor and often ephemeral.

“I know the series is 3-0, but it honestly just as easy could have been the other way,” Sutter said.