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Preview: Ducks, Kings Meet Again in Anaheim

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

It was just 10 days ago when the Ducks and LA Kings squared off in the opener of the 2019-20 Freeway Faceoff at Honda Center. The Ducks came out victorious that night, and they'll look to do the same this evening in Round 2 in Anaheim. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830).

The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory on Tuesday night in Minnesota, the finale of a two-game road trip. Max Comtois followed up Rickard Rakell's successful shootout attempt with the game-deciding/winning goal to snap Anaheim's two-game losing skid. John Gibson's 22-save performance kept the Ducks alive through 65 minutes, including a 4-on-3 penalty kill in overtime. (He also stopped both Wild attempts in the shootout).


Anaheim is looking to win two straight for the first time since Oct. 29-Nov. 1 when it beat the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks in succession. The Ducks are facing a Kings team that comes in with a 12-18-2 record (26 points), last in the Western Conference. The Kings have gone 3-6-1 over their past 10 games, including a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar leads the club in scoring with 29 points (11g/18a) in 32 games. He also leads active Kings in career scoring against the Ducks with 66 points (24g/42a) in 69 games. Aside from a two-point (1g/1a) performance against the Calgary Flames on Dec. 7, Kopitar has gone without a point in six of his past seven games.

The Ducks have gone 19-6-5 in the last 30 regular-season games against the Kings, while 19 of the past 29 have been decided by one goal. Anaheim's all-time mark vs. LA is 68-47-27, including a 39-16-16 record at Honda Center. The Ducks have earned points in nine of the past 11 vs. the Kings (6-2-3). Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks in career scoring vs. LA with 57 points (19g/38a) in 72 games. Getzlaf comes in with a four-game point streak (1g/4a) and has 13 points (3g/10a) in his past 11 games.

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