VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s plenty of action for the local sports fan this weekend.

MLS

The Vancouver Whitecaps wrap up a busy week with a visit to the LA Galaxy tomorrow night. This will be the first of three regular season meetings against the defending MLS Cup champions. The Galaxy has struggled this season and sit nine points behind third-place Vancouver in the MLS Western Conference.

Coming off a 1-1 draw Wednesday night against the New York Red Bulls, the Whitecaps face a Galaxy side that is off of victories over the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake this week.

This will be the third meeting between the two teams. LA took both games last season,  4-0 at Empire Field and 3-0 at the Galaxy’s Home Depot Field in Carson, California.

The Whitecaps will have Darren Mattocks available after the speedy Jamaican was suspended for Wednesday’s game against New York for a pair of yellow cards in the team’s win over Colorado last Saturday.

Game time tomorrow is 7:30 p.m.

NHL

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft begins today at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center.

The Edmonton Oilers hold the top pick for a third year in a row and are expected to select Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov. The Canucks hold the 26th pick overall and have 5 picks this weekend.

There could be more drama over the status of Roberto Luongo with rumors persisting that the Canucks could trade the veteran goaltender at this week’s draft.

Two local blueliners, Griffin Reinhart and Morgan Reilly, are expected to be taken in the first round. Both are minor hockey products from the Hollyburn Country Club.

CFL

It’s cutdown weekend in the CFL. The BC Lions are expected to make some roster cuts today with the Lions and the other teams facing a Sunday deadline to cut their main roster to 46 players.

The Lions completed a perfect 2-0 preseason yesterday with a 24-16 over Edmonton. BC opens the regular season at home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Friday night.

NWL

Vancouver Canadians continue their Northwest League Baseball homestand with the Tri-City Dust Devils with the first of their popular early games. Vancouver scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to top Tri-City 3-1 last night and are out to a 5-2 record.

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.