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Ducks host Kings as home-and-home concludes

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 3:32 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Ducks host Kings as home-and-home concludes
The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will conclude a home-and-home series on Thursday night at Honda Center.

Because of the back-to-back game situation, the Kings did not have a morning skate Thursday while the Ducks had an optional skate after LA's 2-1 shootout victory on Wednesday night.

Anaheim is expected to start Dan Ellis, who is 7-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average in nine career games against L.A. It will be his first start since he allowed three goals in a loss to Columbus on Oct. 30.

Los Angeles is expected start Jonathan Quick in goal again, according to lakingsinsider.com.

Quick stopped 23 of 24 shots in regulation and overtime and six of seven shootout attempts on Wednesday, including one on Kurtis Foster to seal the victory.

Quick also played in back-to-back games on Oct. 29-30 against Phoenix and Colorado and went 1-0-1.

Anaheim winger Niklas Hagman was awaiting visa clearance as of Thursday morning and it was not known if he would be eligible to make his Ducks debut. Anaheim claimed Hagman off re-entry waivers earlier this week.

Anaheim center Ben Maxwell received his work visa to play for the Ducks, but has yet to have a full practice with the whole team. The Ducks also have defenseman Nate Guenin at their disposal after he was recalled Tuesday with Jean-Francois Jacques.

KINGS

Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Andrei Loktionov - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford - Jarret Stoll - Trent Hunter
Trevor Lewis - Colin Fraser - Ethan Moreau

Drew Doughty - Jack Johnson
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Rob Scuderi - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Matt Beleskey - Brandon McMillan - Devante Smith-Pelly
Andrew Gordon - Maxime Macenauer - Jean-Francois Jacques

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Toni Lydman - Kurtis Foster
Luca Sbisa - Sheldon Brookbank

Dan Ellis
Jonas Hiller


Quote of the Day

I just think about how much it hurts. The feelings aren't going to go away, probably never. It's just something that sticks with you for a long time.

— San Jose forward Logan Couture to The Canadian Press on the Sharks' first-round loss to the Kings after taking a 3-0 series lead