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Ducks vs. Kings

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
7:05 p.m. at Honda Center

TV: None     Radio: AM 830

The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks open their 2007-08 preseason against an old rival, the Los Angeles Kings, tonight at Honda Center. It's the first of many meetings between the two teams, as they play again Saturday at Staples Center, then open the season against each other in London for the NHL Premiere with two games on Sept. 29 and 30.

While the Ducks had a record-breaking season that culminated in their first Stanley Cup title, the Kings struggled with a 27-41-14 record. They finished fourth in the Pacific Division and 14th in the Western Conference.

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Michael Cammalleri led the Kings in assist (46) and points (80), while Alexander Frolov was the top goal-scorer with 35. Both of those players are back, as is last year's standout rookie Anze Kopitar, who had 20 goals last year. The Kings made several moves in the offseason to give them scoring help, acquiring Michal Handzus (played in Chicago last season) , Ladislav Nagy (Phoenix and Dallas) and Kyle Calder (Philadelphia and Detroit).

On the blueline, the Kings brought in Brad Stuart (Calgary) and Tom Preissing (Ottawa) to join 37-year-old Rob Blake 31-year-old Lubomir Visnovsky. Jack Johnson , the 20-year-old who made his debut late last season, is a prized prospect on the defensive end as well.



Tonight's Ducks Lines

Left Wing                   Center                      Right Wing
Chris Kunitz               Ryan Getzlaf             Bobby Ryan
Matt Beleskey            Todd Marchant         Jason King

Travis Moen              Petteri Wirtanen        Mike Hoffman
Dan LaCouture          Ryan Carter               Brandon Segal

Left Defenseman          Right Defenseman
Brian Salcido                Chris Pronger
Maxim Kondratiev         Shane Hnidy
Francois Beauchemin    Brendan Mikkelson

Goalies
Ilya Bryzgalov
Jean-Philippe Levasseur





Tonight's Kings Lineup

2

Richard Petiot

D

3

Jack Johnson

D

4

Rob Blake

D

7

Derek Armstrong

C

17

Lubomir Visnovsky

D

19

Kyle Calder

LW

21

Brian Willsie

RW

24

Alexander Frolov

LW

25

Jon Klemm

D

33

Kevin Westgarth

RW

38

Kevin Dallman

D

41

Raitis Ivanans

LW

44

Jaroslav Modry

D

50

Bud Holloway

C

52

Gabe Gauthier

LW

57

Wayne Simmonds

RW

61

Trevor Lewis

C

70

Matt Moulson

LW

71

Brian Boyle

D

73

John Zeiler

RW

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Jean-Sebastien Aubin

G

31

Erik Ersberg

G

39

Dan Cloutier

G



 
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