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Ducks at Kings preview

Quick looks to end personal six-game losing streak for Los Angeles; Gibson to start for Anaheim

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (10-9-3) at KINGS (12-8-3)

10:30 p.m. ET; KCOP-13, FS-W, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

Goaltender Jonathan Quick will try to end a personal six-game losing streak, tied for his longest in the NHL, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Kings are 1-6-1 in their past eight games after a 3-2 overtime loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper started each game Los Angeles earned a point, shutting out the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Nov. 18.

Quick had stretches where he went 0-4-2 in 2011-12 and 0-3-3 in 2014-15, but had never dropped six straight in regulation before a 2-1 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

Goaltender John Gibson is expected to start for the Ducks, who have lost two straight games following a three-game winning streak.

 

Players to watch

Ducks forward Corey Perry has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games after having five points (one goal, four assists) in his previous 14 games.

Kings forward Trevor Lewis has three goals in his past four games after scoring three goals in his previous 18 games.

 

They said it

"It's two hockey clubs that are going to have to be desperate for a win, and we're just going to have to make sure we're ready." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

"I got a few text messages from some guys there. Couldn't believe I was on the other side now." -- Kings forward Torrey Mitchell, who played four seasons with the San Jose Sharks 

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Kevin Roy

Mike Liambas -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Kevin Bieksa, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Jared Boll (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown

Andy Andreoff -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Marian Gaborik -- Jussi Jokinen -- Jonny Brodzinski

Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty

Derek Forbort -- Christian Folin

Oscar Fantenberg -- Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Nic Dowd

Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body), Kyle Clifford (upper body)

 

Status report

Mitchell will not play against the Ducks; he is still waiting to receive a work visa. The Kings acquired Mitchell in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional draft pick on Thursday. … Kings forward Brooks Laich cleared waivers and was assigned to Ontario of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

Five of the Kings' past six losses have been by decided by one goal. They have a 4-5-3 record in one-goal games; the Ducks are 5-1-3 in one-goal games. … Rakell has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. … Kopitar has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past 14 games.

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