DUCKS (44-24-11) at KINGS (47-28-5)
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, FS-W, SN360
Season series: The Anaheim Ducks are 3-1-0 against the Los Angeles Kings, with two of the wins at Staples Center. Corey Perry had a hat trick in the Feb.28 matchup. David Perron has four goals against the Kings, but he is out with a shoulder injury. Ducks goalie John Gibson is 2-1-0 and expected to start. Anze Kopitar has a goal and five assists for Los Angeles, and goalie Jonathan Quick has a 3.62 goals-against average in the four games.
Ducks team scope: Anaheim, which did not practice Wednesday, is missing five regulars to injury or surgery with forwards Perron, Brandon Pirri, Rickard Rakell, defenseman Kevin Bieksa and goalie Frederik Andersen. None are expected to be available Thursday with the inside track to the Pacific Division title on the line. The Ducks are 11-1-2 against the Kings in the past 14 regular-season games. Regardless of where Anaheim will finish in the standings, Getzlaf knows a tough opponent lies ahead in the playoffs. The Ducks will play either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the first round. "They're both great teams," Getzlaf said. "Whoever we face in the first round, they're gonna be good. We're just trying to get our game in order and make sure that we're going on all cylinders going into [the playoffs]."
Kings team scope: Defenseman Alec Martinez has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury; it is unknown if he'll be able to play Thursday. The Kings are trying to win a division title for the first time since 1991. "It's an opportunity for us to win the division, which the Kings haven't done much in their lifetime," forward Milan Lucic said. "It's only happened once. It'd be a huge accomplishment for this group. When you start the season, the goal is to clinch a playoff spot and to win your division. Right now, we're in that fight to win that division."