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Preview: Ducks at Kings

Center Rickard Rakell to make season debut for Anaheim; Los Angeles looks to end scoring drought

by Curtis Zupke / Correspondent

DUCKS (3-4-2) at KINGS (4-5-0)

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

Ducks team scope

Center Rickard Rakell will make his season debut following his re-signing with the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 14. Rakell, who also was rehabbing from offseason abdominal surgery, will center the third line with Antoine Vermette likely at left wing and Ryan Garbutt on right wing. Vermette, who has a 70.6 percent winning percentage on faceoffs this season, will take faceoffs. Rakell wanted to make his debut in a high-intensity game. "I've been waiting for this for a long time," Rakell said. "I'm real excited to play. [They are] always good games against L.A. I think it's going to be a physical and high-tempo game tonight." Center Michael Sgarbossa was reassigned to San Diego of the American Hockey League to make room for Rakell. Anaheim seeks to bounce back after a 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday in which they were outplayed in every phase of the game. "We move on from that, and our preparation is now using this as a game to say, 'Hey, that's not the hockey club we are,'" coach Randy Carlyle said. "We have a chance to make a statement for ourselves."


Kings team scope

The Los Angeles Kings are on a two-game scoreless drought after a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday followed by a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Their last regulation goal was scored by right wing Tyler Tofoli at 1:41 of the third period Oct.27 against the Nashville Predators. The Kings have yet to win a game in regulation and have injuries throughout their lineup. Goalie Peter Budaj won four straight prior to the consecutive shutouts. He will make his seventh straight start since he was recalled Oct.13.


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Antoine Vermette -- Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Garbutt

Joseph Cramarossa -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Sami Vatanen

Shea Theodore -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Jonathan Bernier (upper body), Simon Despres (upper body), Nate Thompson (Achilles)


Kings projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Anze Kopitar -- Devin Setoguchi

Dwight King -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Trevor Lewis -- Nic Dowd -- Dustin Brown         

Kyle Clifford -- Nick Shore -- Jordan Nolan

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Tom Gilbert

Derek Forbort -- Matt Greene

Peter Budaj

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Teddy Purcell

Injured: Jeff Zatkoff (lower body), Marian Gaborik (foot), Jonathan Quick (groin), Andy Andreoff (upper body), Brayden McNabb (upper body)


Status report

The Kings re-assigned defenseman Rob Scuderi after he was recalled on Monday in a series of financial moves under the NHL salary cap. … The Ducks recalled Tokarski in the morning. … Gibson was first off the ice. Bernier practiced Monday but is not yet well enough to backup.


Who's hot

Martinez has seven points in nine games. ... Budaj has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his past four starts. ... Getzlaf has eight points in eight games. ... Perry has three goals in six games.

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