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Preview: Ducks Close Out Season Tonight vs. Kings

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

A season that began on Oct. 3 ends tonight, as the Ducks close out their 2018-19 campaign against the LA Kings at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: 1110 KRDC). The Ducks will become the first team to finish the 2018-19 regular season, as the 30 other clubs will play tomorrow. This is also the first time in franchise history the Ducks conclude their season prior to all other teams.

The Ducks have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games, and have gone 10-5-1 in their last 16. They earned a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, which included goals from Sam Steel, Max Jones and Ryan Getzlaf. Ryan Miller turned aside 25 shots for his eighth win.

Despite a 17-6-5 record in the last 28 regular-season meetings against the Kings, the Ducks have yet to defeat their crosstown rivals this season. The Kings have gone 3-0 thus far, with wins on Nov. 6 (4-1), March 10 (3-2) and March 23 (4-3 SOW). The Ducks have never been swept in a season series against the Kings in franchise history. Anaheim comes in with an all-time record of 66-47-27 vs. LA, including a 37-16-16 mark at Honda Center. Getzlaf ranks third among active NHL skaters in career scoring vs. the Kings with 56 points (19g/37a) in 70 games.

With two games remaining, the Kings will finish no higher than 29th in the standings. They've gone 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, including a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. The Kings will finish the season tomorrow at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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