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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 4:08 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coaches see Bruins-Ducks as battle of elite teams

ANAHEIM -- Outside of a few minor lineup changes, the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins are set for a big matchup Tuesday at Honda Center.

"I think it's pretty obvious when you watch them play that they have some guys that they lean on, a lot like we do, but at the same time it's a pretty well-shared mentality when it comes to playing hard together and supporting each other," Boston coach Claude Julien said of Anaheim.

"No doubt that's one of the reasons I think they are [so good] in the West."

Anaheim is coming off a come-from-behind win against the Vancouver Canucks in which it won with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 2:54 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - Road to Sochi blog

Koivu foregoes fifth Olympics to focus on Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The decision became clearer for Saku Koivu in the days and weeks after he came back from a concussion. He missed nearly a month, and even though he rebounded strong, Koivu felt he couldn't be at his best for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and declined what would have been his fifth Olympics.

"It's one of the toughest decisions that I've had to make throughout my career," Koivu said. "Sometimes you might be injured at the time and you're just frustrated that it happens, but this one you have a choice. I thought through it many, many times over the past couple of weeks, and I felt that with the concussion and missing five weeks of playing, I felt the training at that time was fairly limited.

"Being at 39, all of these things together, I felt that, physically, I won't be where I want to be when the tournament comes in … it was a dream for me to be there, but the older you get, you have to stay honest with yourself and I felt for me, it's a better option of not going and getting a proper practice time, training time, a bit of a rest and also where we're at as a team here, hopefully we have a chance to go and do something in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs. Like I said, it wasn't easy at all. I hope I made the right choice."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.05.2014 / 7:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Luongo injured; Canucks sign local goalie as backup

ANAHEIM -- The Vancouver Canucks signed Rob Laurie to a professional tryout contract to serve as backup goalie Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks after Roberto Luongo was reportedly injured in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Luongo's status was not immediately known. He was struck high by the leg of Kings captain Dustin Brown in the third period Saturday when Brown crashed the net to score. Luongo stayed down for several moments after the hit.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 3:53 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Quick may return to Kings lineup

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Will Jonathan Quick return in net when the Los Angeles Kings play the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night?

It was difficult to tell at the morning skate. Quick and Martin Jones came off the ice at the same time, meaning the only sure thing is that it won't be Ben Scrivens in goal when L.A. tries to end a five-game losing streak.

Coach Darryl Sutter never tips his hand when it comes to the lineup, and he only alluded to the roster change that would be required. The Kings would have to re-assign a player, likely Jones, or put a player on injured reserve in order to make room for Quick.

"We'll either have three [goalies] on our roster tonight or … that's clear," Sutter said. "We need a goalie to win a game for us, and they've taken turns losing games. They need to get in the win column."

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Posted On Friday, 01.03.2014 / 3:45 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks staying with Silfverberg on top line

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks had a good thing going on their top line for a long stretch, but coach Bruce Boudreau figures it's time to change and send a message.

Boudreau replaced Dustin Penner with Jakob Silfverberg at left wing before the new year and said that will be the case again when Anaheim plays the Edmonton Oilers on Friday at Honda Center.

Penner skated on the second line with Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne at the morning skate. Penner has one point in his past nine games, which led to Boudreau scratching him Dec. 31.

"We'd love him to be more consistent. And that's our goal, is to get him to be more consistent," Boudreau said. "We've talked a lot, me and Dustin, and seen video, and he knows what he has to do to be on top of his game. I know he wants to. He is really a studious player and he wants to be as good as he can all the time. Sometimes it hasn't been there."

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 11:24 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Brown scratched due to illness

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was scratched from the lineup Monday night because of illness, according to the team.

Brown did not attend the morning skate and coach Darryl Sutter was not available to comment before L.A. played the Dallas Stars at Staples Center.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 3:37 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings looking to cut down on penalties

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings have been barreling through to Christmas with nine wins in 10 games, but they see room for improvement going into the finale of their homestand Monday against theDallas Stars.

The Kings have been shorthanded 144 times, the third-most in the NHL behind the Ottawa Senators andPhiladelphia Flyers. They paid for it Saturday when they allowed two power-play goals for the first time since Nov. 2.

"You can't continue to keep doing that throughout entire season," defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "We need to be more disciplined that way, and when we do get those penalties we have to kill them."

Regehr also said that the defensemen can be better around the net cutting passes off and preventing the opposition's playmakers from getting time and space.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 3:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Doughty reaches milestone 400th NHL game

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty came into the NHL at such a young age it's easy to overlook this is his sixth season. Doughty turned 24 this month and even he didn't realize that Thursday will be his 400th game.

"Don’t tell anyone," Doughty said, joking.

Doughty has been remarkably durable since he came into the League at 19. He has missed only 12 regular-season games and played in 50 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"Time has flown by," Doughty said. "It just seems like yesterday I was 18 and I was in my first year in the League. I've had so much fun. I've still got a long, healthy road ahead of me and I'm looking forward to continue it here in L.A.

"It's crazy. I can't believe how much fun I've had in this League and how much fun I've had with this team. I've developed so many relationships with the guys off the ice. I wouldn't rather be anywhere else."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 4:04 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Quick working his way back from injury

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jonathan Quick reported some progress five weeks to the day after a serious groin injury.

Quick took the ice at the end of the Los Angeles Kings' morning skate Tuesday, before L.A. played the Edmonton Oilers, and did some light work with coaches. Nothing too intense, but the former Conn Smythe-winning goalie said it's going as expected.

"It's all good signs," Quick said. "I've still got a lot of work to do. You just come in and try to make the most of it every day until you can get back to playing again.

"Every day's been a little more intense as far as workload, a little more movement. Obviously today was a little more challenging than yesterday. As long as every day I feel better and better, I'll keep trying to challenge it a little bit more."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wild will be extra mindful of Ducks' potent top line

ANAHEIM -- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise didn't hesitate when asked the key to going up against the Anaheim Ducks' top line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"Don't turn the puck over," Parise said. "That's the type of line you want to keep in their end as much as you can. For a scoring line like that, you just try and make them defend as much as you can. You can't turn it over in the neutral zone. They don't need a lot of chances and suddenly they have four points at the end of the night. They're that good."

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