Freeway Face-Off: Ducks Travel To Los Angeles

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(36-19-8) battle the Los Angeles Kings(38-21-4) today for the fourth time this season. The Ducks are 2-1-0 against the Kings in the previous three meetings. The game starts at 1PM.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. To The Net: A good portion of Anaheim’s success has been the team’s willingness to got to the net. Players are routinely going to the net, taking punishment, getting to loose pucks, and winning the battles night in and night out.

2. Power Play: Anaheim’s power play used to be one of the worst in the NHL and now it’s one of the best(3rd in NHL). The Ducks need to continue screening the goalie and getting to the rebounds while playing with the extra man.

Kings

1. Emotion: In the last meeting, the Kings started the game trying to stop certain players on the Ducks instead of playing their game. Emotions are always intense in these rivalry games, but the Kings need to focus on playing solid defense against the entire Ducks team.

2. Pressure: The Kings play the Ducks well when they create pressure. They need to sustain their forecheck early in the game and get as many shots on net as possible. They are second in the league in shots on goal per game with 32.6.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Corey PerryThe Kings tried to get under Perry’s skin early in last Sunday’s meeting. Perry’s response was a natural hat trick that helped the Ducks win 4-2.

2. Jamie McGinn: He has played two games since being traded to Anaheim and he has a goal in each game. Look for him to continue to crash the net and look for rebounds today. 

Kings

1. Anze Kopitar: He leads the Kings in total points with 54(19G + 35A). He is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with five and has three points in his last five games.

2. Tyler Toffoli: He leads Los Angeles in goals scored with 24. He plays well against the Ducks and has two goals in three games against Anaheim.

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Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:
Ryan Getzlaf is a game time decision. Chris Wagner was called up yesterday and Stefan Noesen was sent back to San Diego. Here is what the lineup could look like if Getzlaf doesn’t play. This was the lineup against Arizona where the only change would be Wagner in for Noesen today.

Offense

David Perron – Ryan Kesler – Nick Ritchie

Jamie McGinn – Rickard RakellCorey Perry

Andrew CoglianoNate Thompson – Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt – Mike Santorelli – Chris Wagner

Defense

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

Clayton Stoner – Sami Vatanen

Los Angeles Kings Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Offense

Milan LucicAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Dwight KingJeff CarterTyler Toffoli

Tanner PearsonVincent LecavalierTrevor Lewis

Kyle CliffordNick Shore – Kris Versteeg

Defense

Rob Scuderi – Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb – Luke Schenn

Starting Goalies:

Ducks:                        John Gibson                    16-8-2 GAA 2.09 SV% .918% (Unconfirmed)

Kings:                         Jonathan Quick               32-16-3 GAA 2.18 SV% .920% (Probable)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
63 36-19-8 21-8-4 15-11-4 10-0-0 2.51 2.29 23.0 86.7 12.4 30.7 27.4 51.4
63 38-21-4 19-10-1 19-11-3 6-3-1 2.64 2.27 21.5 81.4 10.6 32.6 27.8 50.0

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