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Ducks at Kings preview

Anaheim, Los Angeles each look for first win in three games

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (19-15-9) at KINGS (24-13-5)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, PRIME, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

Jonathan Quick will try to bounce back after allowing four goals in each of his past two starts when the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Saturday.

Quick allowed four goals on 20 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 6, following allowing four goals on 41 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 4. The Kings have lost two straight and four of six (2-3-1).

John Gibson could start for the Ducks, who are 3-1-1 in their past five games, but have lost two straight.

Each team is coming off its five-day break and will be playing for the first time since last Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. 

 

They said it

"It ramps up, for sure. It's pretty cool to experience the rivalry, how crazy it is between fans and the atmosphere. It definitely makes you play a lot harder." -- Kings forward Alex Iafallo on the rivalry with the Ducks

"It's so close in the standings right now. Especially with our schedule coming up, it feels like every other game is a divisional game. We really want to step on the gas and make sure we keep getting better." -- Ducks forward Rickard Rakell

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner -- Antoine Vermette -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Derek Grant, Logan Shaw

Injured: Patrick Eaves (illness), Mike Liambas (upper body)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Marian Gaborik -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford -- Torrey Mitchell -- Andy Andreoff

Kevin Gravel -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort -- Christian Folin

Jonathan Quick 

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Jussi Jokinen

Injured: Jake Muzzin (upper body), Jeff Carter (lower body)

 

Status report

Muzzin is doubtful despite skating at the end of practice each of the past two days.

 

Stat pack

The Ducks are 14-4-4 in their past 22 regular-season games against the Kings, but are 0-0-2 this season. Los Angeles won 4-3 in overtime Nov. 7 and 2-1 in a shootout Nov. 25. ... Getzlaf has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past five games.

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