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Desjardins to make coaching debut for Los Angeles; Anaheim 1-5-2 in past eight

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

DUCKS (6-6-3) at KINGS (4-8-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, PRIME, NHL.TV


The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will play their first game under new coach Willie Desjardins when they face the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Tuesday.

Desjardins will coach the rest of the season after John Stevens was fired Sunday. Desjardins went 109-110-27 in three seasons as coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 2014-17.

The Kings have lost seven of their past nine but defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Saturday in Stevens' final game as coach.

The Ducks are 1-5-2 in their past eight games after ending a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.


Players to watch

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. He scored his first NHL hat trick against the Blue Jackets.

Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"When we play fast and play simple, get the puck in and go to work, I think we're pretty successful." -- Ducks forward Kiefer Sherwood

"I do think this type of game will give me a really good look at our team and what we have on our team, and that's kind of what I want to see right now." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Pontus Aberg

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Kiefer Sherwood -- Isac Lundestrom -- Patrick Eaves

Ben Street -- Sam Carrick -- Brian Gibbons

Cam Fowler -- Andy Welinski

Jacob Larsson -- Hampus Lindholm

Marcus Pettersson -- Brandon Montour

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Luke Schenn, Chase De Leo

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), Josh Manson (upper body), Max Comtois (lower body), Ondrej Kase (concussion), Nick Ritchie (upper body), Carter Rowney (upper body), Korbinian Holzer (wrist), Corey Perry (knee)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Matt Luff

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Trevor Lewis

Dion Phaneuf -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jack Campbell

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Michael Amadio

Injured: Paul LaDue (upper body), Jonathan Quick (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)


Status report

Kesler and Getzlaf are game-time decisions, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. … De Leo was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, giving Anaheim additional depth at center. … LaDue has practiced each of the past two days but will miss his third straight game.


Stat pack

Rakell has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak and needs one goal for 100 in the NHL. … Brown has four points (two goals, two assists) in three games after missing 10 games to start the season with a broken finger.   

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