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Preview: Ducks Set to Face Kings for the First Time This Season

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The 2019-20 Freeway Faceoff opens tonight as the Ducks host the LA Kings at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). This is the first of four games between these longtime crosstown rivals, and one of two held at Honda Center. Tonight's matchup also represents the second game of a three-game homestand for the Ducks, which concludes Friday against the Washington Capitals.


The Ducks are looking to snap a two-game losing streak that included a 3-0 shutout defeat Friday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets. With an 11-12-4 record (26 points), the Ducks have fallen to seventh in the Pacific Division with the Kings (11-14-2, 24 points) just two points behind. The Ducks have gone 2-5-3 in their last 10, while the Kings have gone 6-3-1.

LA is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Jets at Staples Center on Saturday, the club's seventh home win in the past nine games (7-1-1). Jack Campbell stopped 33 of 34 shots for his fourth win of the season, while Joakim Ryan and Nikolai Prokhorkin tallied the goals.

Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 27 points (10g/17a) in 27 games. The 32-year-old center is in his 14th NHL season (all with the Kings), and has led the club in points in 11 of the past 12 seasons. Tonight marks career game No. 1,031 for the Jesenice, Slovenia native.

The Ducks have gone 18-6-5 in the last 29 regular-season games against the Kings, while 19 of the past 28 have been decided by one goal. All-time, the Ducks are 67-47-27 vs. the Kings, including a 38-16-16 mark at Honda Center. Anaheim enters tonight's game with points in eight of the past 10 vs. LA (5-2-3). Ryan Getzlaf ranks third among active NHL skaters in career scoring vs. the Kings with 56 points (19g/37a) in 71 games.

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