After two less-than-stellar games, head coach Randy Carlyle is looking for a far better performance tonight when the Ducks take on the LA Kings at Honda Center.
Scores of 5-0 and 5-1 were the results from Anaheim's first two preseason contests against the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, respectively. Earlier today, Carlyle emphasized the need to play with speed.
"We're not playing fast enough," he said. "We've been too slow with the puck. We're a hockey club that has to transition the puck when we recover it. We need to attack on a more consistent basis. That's what we're going to focus on with our group, to play fast and play the right way."
Based on line rushes from earlier this morning, the Ducks are likely to go with the following:
As for the Kings, their morning skate line rushes were the following (as reported by Curtis Zupke of the LA Times):
After making his preseason debut on Tuesday in San Jose, Marcus Pettersson will get another chance to stand out among his peers. The 21-year-old blueliner had himself a strong showing during the Prospect Showcase and will likely skate alongside Josh Manson tonight. (The duo also skated together in San Jose).
A modest man, Pettersson shared his thoughts on his first NHL training camp. "It's all right, but I can do better," he said. "Especially with that game [in San Jose], everyone can do better."
Standing 6-4, Pettersson has added weight since the Ducks selected him 38th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. At the time, Pettersson weighed in at 170 pounds. Now he checks in at 180.
"I'm a pretty tall guy, and I want to get stronger and faster," he said. "It's a fast game. I want to get faster and stronger so I can compete with these guys."
Video: Marcus Pettersson on his training camp experience
Although it's preseason, Francois Beauchemin admitted he'll likely feel some nerves as he steps onto the ice at Honda Center later tonight. The veteran defenseman is back for his third stint with the Ducks in hopes of finishing his career with another Stanley Cup championship.
"It's always exciting," said Beauchemin, on the first game (of any kind) of the season. "We've been going hard at training camp for eight days, so it's going to be good to get out there in a game and battle."
Now 37 years of age, Beauchemin says he uses the preseason to get back up to game speed.
"Getting the pace a little bit higher and playing more physical," he said. "It's one thing to do it in practice, but when you go against your teammates, you never go as hard as you do when you play in an actual game."
Video: Francois Beauchemin talks about his preseason debut
As a reminder, tonight's game will be televised locally on Prime Ticket (and within the United States on NHL Network), and broadcast on radio at KSPN 710 or by clicking the link below once 7 p.m. rolls around.
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