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Preview: Ducks, Kings Meet in Preseason Version of Freeway Faceoff

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After playing just two games from Tuesday to Saturday, the Ducks (1-0-1) will plow through the bulk of their preseason schedule over the next three days, and it begins tonight against the LA Kings (2-1-1) at Staples Center. (7:30 p.m. PT, TV: FOX Sports West - Kings broadcast, Radio: AM 830). This opens a rare back-to-back-to-back that includes homes games tomorrow and Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks and Kings, respectively.

This continues a stretch that sees the Ducks play four games in five nights, which opened Saturday night at Gila River Arena. The Ducks erased a two-goal deficit late in regulation to force overtime against the Arizona Coyotes, but eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout. Jakob Silfverberg, Nick Ritchie and Chase De Leo tallied goals for Anaheim, while John Gibson (17 saves on 18 shots) and Kevin Boyle (nine saves on 11 shots) split time in the crease.

Meanwhile, the Kings are coming off a wild 7-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mike Amadio and Jaret Anderson-Dolan each had two goals, while Alec Martinez, Martin Frk and newcomer Ben Hutton also found the back of the net for LA. Hutton, 26, was signed to a one-year contract on Sept. 17. Jack Campbell went the distance, making 34 saves.

LA has three games remaining on its preseason slate, including two against the Ducks (tonight and Wednesday) and Friday at Vegas.

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Video: The Ducks preview the matchup against the LA Kings

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