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Kings looking for better results in Anaheim matinee

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

DUCKS (11-3-3) at KINGS (8-5-4)


FROM OC TO LA: The Kings will play the Ducks today for the second time in four days; it is the second of five games where they will see Anaheim during the regular season. The Ducks haven’t played a game since they beat the Kings 6-5 in shootout Wednesday night at Honda Center. Each of Anaheim’s previous three games have been decided in a shootout, they’ve won two of them.

ALEC’S OUT: Alec Martinez left Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Stars in the second period with an injury, and underwent surgery on a finger Friday morning. The extent of Martinez’s injury is unknown, as is the timetable for his return to the lineup. Robyn Regehr, who has missed the last three games due to an undisclosed injury, will possibly play today against Anaheim, giving the Kings six healthy defensemen. Regehr skated alongside newcomer Jami McBain during Friday’s practice.

QUICK BACK IN: After Martin Jones got the call on the back end of a back-to-back set Thursday night against Dallas, Jonathan Quick returns to the Kings’ crease today against the Ducks. Quick’s last start came against Anaheim on Wednesday night, where he made 44 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss. Quick comes into today’s bout with a 7-3-4 record, posting a .939 SV% and a 2.07 GAA. Quick ranks first overall in the NHL with 444 saves made this season.

A PLACE CALLED HOME: For just the second time this season on Thursday, the Kings lost a game at STAPLES Center in regulation, snapping an eight-game point streak in their home building. The Kings’ only other loss on home ice in regulation came during the season opener on October 8, when they were shutout by the San Jose Sharks 4-0. Anaheim has been sharp on the road so far this season, coming into today with a 6-2-0 mark away from Honda Center.

DWIGHT-OUT: Per Rich Hammond, there’s a chance forward Dwight King will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season in today’s date with the Ducks. King played 12:41 minutes Thursday night, recording one shot, in which he was denied by Kari Lehtonen on a breakaway sequence. Jordan Nolan, who has been scratched the last two games, skated alongside Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis on the fourth line during Friday’s practice.

SECOND CENTURY STUFF: Today will be the Kings’ 101st straight regular season sellout at STAPLES Center. The Kings hit the century mark Thursday night. Including playoff games, the Kings have had played host to 130 consecutive sellouts.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 12:30PM PT on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 1:00PM PT.

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