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Preview: Ducks, Kings Set to Clash in LA

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

LOS ANGELES - The Ducks (3-4-2, 8 pts.) travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings (4-5-0, 8 pts.) tonight at Staples Center (7:30 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim has earned standings points in four of the past five games (3-1-1, 7 pts.) and five of the past seven (3-2-2, 8 pts.) since October 16. The Ducks are in the midst of 13 consecutive days spent in Southern California (five home games and tonight in LA). Tonight opens the club's third set of back-to-back games in 2016-17. The Ducks are 1-1-2 in back-to-backs this season after going 14-5-3 in such contests last year. In total, the club will play 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, an increase of three from the previous season. Anaheim will conclude its back to-back set tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Honda Center (7:30 p.m. PDT).

Tonight's game represents the first of five contests in the 2016-17 Freeway Faceoff. Anaheim has won 11 of the past 15 regular-season games vs. Los Angeles (11-2-2), while 10 of the past 14 Ducks-Kings games have been decided by one goal. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Ducks have scored 81 goals to the Kings' 73 (shootout goals excluded) in 31 games. In that time span, the two teams have posted 18-9-4 (Anaheim) and 13-12-6 (Los Angeles) records. All-time, the Ducks are 60-43-24 vs. the Kings, including a 26-28-9 mark in Los Angeles. This five-game season series will feature an additional game at Staples Center on Saturday, Feb. 25 (1 p.m. PST) and three at Honda Center on Sunday, Nov. 20 (5 p.m. PST), Sunday, Feb. 19 (6 p.m. PST) and Sunday, April 9 (5:30 p.m. PDT).

The Ducks are coming off a forgettable 4-0 shutout defeat on Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. The loss represented the first shutout defeat this season for the Ducks, who also saw their four-game points streak come to an end in their first home loss in 2016-17.

The Kings fared even worse, as they got shutout in back-to-back fashion in St. Louis on Saturday (1-0) and Chicago on Sunday (3-0). Andy Andreoff suffered a lower-body injury in the game against the Blackhawks representing the third player lost to injury in a span of nine days.

Upcoming milestones for Anaheim include Cam Fowler only one goal from surpassing Fredrik Olausson (37) for sole possession of fourth on the franchise's all-time goals list for defensemen and one power-play goal shy of tying Chris Pronger (20) for third on the franchise's all-time PPG list for defensemen. In addition, Sami Vatanen is one point from tying Ruslan Salei (105) for eighth on the franchise's all-time scoring list for defensemen.

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