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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 9:30 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks juggle line combinations for Game 4

LOS ANGELES -- Devante Smith-Pelly will take another turn at top-line left wing for the Anaheim Ducks to start Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Smith-Pelly took line rushes with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry in pre-game warm-ups at Staples Center. Smith-Pelly played with Getzlaf, a Hart Trophy finalist, and 2011 Hart winner Perry briefly earlier this season and had chemistry with the two. He has two goals with a plus-1 rating in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.


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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 4:05 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks don't name Game 4 goalie

LOS ANGELES -- It remained unclear who would start in goal for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

The Kings lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau sounded like he would use Jonas Hiller, who left the ice first at the morning skate, although rookie goalie John Gibson stepped off about two minutes after Hiller. Gibson, 20, would be a bold choice; he's played three NHL games and none in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 9:59 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks turn to Andersen in Game 3

LOS ANGELES -- Frederik Andersen will start in goal for the Anaheim Ducks for Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night at Staples Center.

Andersen led the Ducks onto the ice for warm-ups.


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 5:03 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Palmieri could be back in Ducks lineup for Game 3

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau contemplated a lineup tweak during two days off and it appears wing Kyle Palmieri could return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Palmieri skated with center Nick Bonino and wing Devante Smith-Pelly in practice Wednesday. Palmieri seems a logical choice for Anaheim, which has scored three goals in losing the first two games of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Posted On Monday, 05.05.2014 / 3:26 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Etem, Smith-Pelly raising play, giving Ducks options

ANAHEIM -- Not many teams in the NHL can scratch the likes of Daniel Winnik and Kyle Palmieri. Winnik is one of the better penalty killers around, and Palmieri is a potential 20-goal scorer.

The Anaheim Ducks have done so twice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of the play of young wings Devante Smith-Pelly and Emerson Etem. The two were on the fourth line with center Nick Bonino in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings, and coach Bruce Boudreau had them together the morning of Game 2 on Monday night at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"I thought they played real good [in Game 1]," Boudreau said. "I thought it was Emerson's best game of the three that he's played. [Smith-Pelly's] played well since he got here, both physically and offensively, and now killing penalties. I think he's engaged with the team, and he's playing like he was when he was an 18-year-old and made the team."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 5:54 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks veteran Selanne raising his game vs. Kings

ANAHEIM -- The symmetry was perfect for Teemu Selanne. His goal came at 8:08 of the third period and it was his 43rd career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Selanne, 43, wears No. 8. He scored what would have been the game-winning goal in the first postseason game between his Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings.

"I didn't know that," Selanne said. "That would be nice."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 3:23 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks, Kings expecting a physical series

ANAHEIM – It's no secret that the Anaheim Ducks are a high-scoring, skating team. But it's a misconception that they're a finesse team that can't bang with the Los Angeles Kings in a best-of-7 series.

That was proven at least twice in the regular season, and the Ducks intend on extending that physical play to the Western Conference Second Round series against the Kings. Game 1 is Saturday at Honda Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"We had difficulty with them the year before, in terms of playing their type of game and in terms of beating them," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "But I think this year we've come to the realization that if we don't play their game we just can't beat them. It's that simple. You see teams throughout the year [that are] more offensive, run-and-gun teams, and they just don't have success against them."

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Posted On Friday, 05.02.2014 / 6:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Though neighbors, Ducks, Kings have travel plans

ANAHEIM -- Thirty miles separate the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, which would alleviate any travel issues for the unprecedented Southern California matchup, right?

Not quite. Factor in altered practice routines, traffic and venue availability, and it becomes complicated enough that traveling secretaries get involved for teams that won't have to get on a plane for the Western Conference Second Round series, which begins Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

The Ducks and Kings played each other five times in the regular season, but this is different on multiple fronts. The Kings change their routine for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Instead of having their morning skate at their practice rink in El Segundo, 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, they will bus to Anaheim on Friday night, stay at a hotel, then conduct their skate at Honda Center for Game 1, Kings spokesman Michael Altieri said.

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Posted On Friday, 05.02.2014 / 5:12 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks goalie unknown, but Perreault, Etem return

ANAHEIM -- The identity of the Anaheim Ducks starting goaltender for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Los Angeles Kings remains unknown. But two other pieces of their lineup became clear Friday.

Center Mathieu Perreault said he's ready for Game 1 on Saturday at Honda Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Perreault missed Game 6 of the first round with a lower-body injury but has skated the past two days.

Perreault usually centers right wing Teemu Selanne and left wing Patrick Maroon on what has been an effective third line.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 6:35 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Kings series blog

Ducks eager to face Kings for first time in playoffs

ANAHEIM -- They went through drills with more pep than usual. There were a few huddles around the greaseboard. A good number of them spent some extra time on the ice.

Yes, the Anaheim Ducks officially have the Los Angeles Kings on their minds after they learned that the first Ducks-Kings matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs will start Saturday at Honda Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"I think it's going to be physical, so we're just getting them ready," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I think you need something like that before getting into what I think is going to be a emotional series on both sides. Plus, it looked like they were tired of practicing. They just want to get at somebody rather than being friends.

"When you go so many days playing every second day, or at the most, two days off; we haven't had more than two days off in our schedule in the last half of our year. Now you get Sunday to Saturday, it's a long break for them."

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