OTHER SIDE OF TOWN:
Tonight marks the first of five meetings with the Ducks this season, and the first of two visits to Anaheim’s Honda Center. The Ducks are playing the seventh of an eight-game home stand where they’ve gone 4-2-0 thus far, they’re coming off of a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday night. The Kings are on the road for one game before returning home, they’re coming off of a 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.
LINEUP: The Kings held an optional morning skate at Honda Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. No line rushes were held, so there are no indications whether or not there will be any changes to the lineup used Saturday against Ottawa. Jonathan Quick did not take the ice this morning, but there is a chance he gets the call in net for the second game in what is a back-to-back set.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
KING – CARTER – PEARSON
LEWIS – LECAVALIER – GABORIK
NOLAN – SHORE – BROWN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – SCHENN
DEFENSIVE APPROACH: The Kings, allowing five goals in their loss to Ottawa Saturday, matched their season-worst goals-against, surrendering five goals in a single game for the fifth time this season. The Ducks enter the night with the league’s worst offense, averaging just 1.95 goals per game. Anaheim, though, has combined to score eight goals in their past two games, both of which were wins. Can the Kings recover and keep the Ducks’ offense in check tonight?
TEN-FOLD: Both clubs come into the night with identical records (7-2-1) in their last 10 games. Anaheim’s offense, which has struggled for much of the season, has scored four goals in each of the club’s last four wins. The Ducks have the Pacific Division’s best home record (13-7-4), earning 30 points on home ice, the Kings have the Western Conference’s third-best road mark, earning 28 points away from STAPLES Center.
ANAHEIM REBOUND: In their last 10 games, the Ducks rank first in the NHL in power play percentage (34.6%), penalty kill percentage (94.6%), goals-against average (1.60), shot differential (+9.3), and points (15). Can the Kings subdue Anaheim’s resurgence in tonight’s big divisional game?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings went 1-1-3 in their five meetings with the Ducks last season, going 0-1-3 in three visits to Anaheim’s Honda Center. Four of the five teams’ match-ups last season extended past regulation time, the Kings going 1-1 in OT and 0-2 in shootouts. The Kings have only one once (1-3-3) in their past seven regular season visits to Anaheim, they haven’t won a regular season game in regulation at Honda Center since March 16, 2012.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch a special hour-long Freeway Faceoff ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:00 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from Honda Center for puck drop just after 6:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action live over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.