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Morning Report: Ducks Play Fifth Game in Seven Nights vs. LA

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Kyle Shohara

The Ducks host the LA Kings tonight at Honda Center (5 p.m.) in the club's penultimate game of the 2014 preseason. Tonight’s game is the second half of back-to-backs for the Ducks, and can be seen on Prime Ticket and heard on AM 830 KLAA. The pregame show on Prime Ticket will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Though each team iced primarily younger teams in Thursday’s game at Staples Center, fans can expect a more veteran-heavy lineup tonight, at least from the Ducks. If the team’s Saturday afternoon practice session was any indication, you can expect to see Anaheim’s top-two lines in action tonight. Those lines – Heatley-Getzlaf-Perry and Maroon-Kesler-Silfverberg – took regular shifts during a practice that didn’t involve any players that played last night in San Jose (3-1 loss).

Both Dany Heatley and Ryan Kesler made immediate impacts in their Ducks debuts. For the 33-year-old Heatley, it took all of 48 seconds for him to score his first goal in a Ducks uniform in their 4-0 win against the Avalanche last Monday. Heatley scored his second goal (in his second game) in Anaheim’s 4-3 shootout loss in LA on Thursday. Kesler scored the game-tying goal in the third period of Thursday’s game on a nifty pass from Patrick Maroon, who found him open in the slot.

Kesler says he was pleased with how his line performed that night. “As the game went on, we were starting to find each other,” he said. “We were inches away the first couple of periods, and then we finally connected. I thought we had some really good looks, but at the same time, I thought – at times – we were a little too pretty.”

For the Kings, tonight’s game marks the first of four straight road contests to end the preseason. The Kings travel to San Jose for a game on Tuesday, and then end the preseason with two neutral site contests vs. Colorado (Thursday at Colorado Springs and Saturday at Las Vegas).

The Kings have 36 players remaining on their training camp roster after assigning right wing Brian O’Neill to the Manchester Monarchs (American Hockey League).

The Ducks made their first transactions of camp on September 24, assigning six players to Norfolk of the AHL and another to Calgary of the Western Hockey League. Anaheim currently has 46 players on its training camp roster: 27 forwards, 15 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s game, and can be purchased here.

The Ducks will conclude their 2014 preseason next Saturday at Honda Center against the San Jose Sharks (7 p.m.). The game will be televised on Prime Ticket with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those tuning in via radio can hear the action on AM 830 KLAA.

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