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Forward Patrick Eaves could make debut for Anaheim; Los Angeles seeks more offense

by Forrest Lee / Correspondent

DUCKS (32-20-10) at KINGS (29-27-4)



Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks bolstered their lineup by acquiring forward Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and he could make his debut against the Los Angeles Kings. "He's been able to put up offensive numbers with good players, and he can be a guy who can fit in with anybody," coach Randy Carlyle said. Eaves, 32, has NHL career-highs of 37 points and 21 goals in 59 games this season. He is fourth in the NHL with 11 power-play goals. Jonathan Bernier is expected to start his second straight game in goal, with Jhonas Enroth as his backup, because John Gibson is injured. The Ducks are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division, three points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks. The Ducks have won 13 of the past 18 regular-season games against the Kings, including a 1-0 home win on Feb. 19. The Ducks are 3-5-1 in their past nine road games.


Kings team scope

A lack of offense continues to plague the Kings, who have lost five of their past six games at home and
six of eight overall. The Kings have scored eight goals in their past five games, losing four, including 4-1 to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. "When you're not scoring goals, obviously you're not going to win games, but I guess even though we gave up four, we only gave two up with the empty net, so we're happy with that I guess, but we've got to score more goals," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "That's the bottom line. We need to produce from everywhere. We can't have the same guys producing all the time." Peter Budaj is expected to start in goal. The Kings are five points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has the most home games (15) remaining of any NHL team. Coach Darryl Sutter needs one win to pass Andy Murray (215) for first on the Kings' all-time list.


Ducks projected lineup

Ondrej Kase -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Jakob Silfverberg

Joseph Cramarossa -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Logan Shaw

Jared Boll -- Nate Thompson -- Nick Ritchie

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Brandon Montour -- Kevin Bieksa

Jonathan Bernier

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: John Gibson (lower body), Simon Despres (upper body), Clayton Stoner (lower body)


Kings projected lineup

Dwight King -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Dustin Brown

Trevor Lewis -- Nick Shore -- Marian Gaborik

Adrian Kempe -- Nic Dowd -- Kyle Clifford

Jake Muzzin - Derek Forbort

Drew Doughty -- Kevin Gravel

Brayden McNabb -- Alec Martinez

Peter Budaj

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Andy Andreoff

Injured: Jordan Nolan (muscle pull), Jonathan Quick (groin), Matt Greene (undisclosed)


Status report

With the addition of Eaves, Anaheim reassigned left wing Nicolas Kerdiles to San Diego of the American Hockey League.


Who's hot

Getzlaf has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Carter has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past 13 games. Pearson has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past six g

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