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Ducks visit Kings with first place on line

Rivals tied for lead in Pacific Division standings

by Colin Stephenson / Correspondent

DUCKS (36-19-8) at KINGS (38-21-4)

Season series: The Anaheim Ducks have won two of three games against the Los Angeles Kings, each by a 4-2 score; the Kings won their game 3-2. They are tied for first place in the Pacific Division. Ducks forward Corey Perry had a hat trick and an assist Feb. 28 at Anaheim, and forward David Perron scored once in each game for the Ducks. Kings forward Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Alec Martinez each scored two goals.

Ducks team scope: Center Ryan Getzlaf (lower body), who did not play in a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, did not skate at an optional practice Friday, Coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks website Getzlaf will be a game-time decision. "If he says he's ready to go, then he'll play," Boudreau said. Getzlaf said he is hoping to play. Defenseman Simon Despres, who was scratched Thursday with the flu, skated at practice. Anaheim recalled center Chris Wagner from San Diego of the American Hockey League and reassigned right wing Stefan Noesen. Anaheim has won 10 straight games, tying the Ducks record, and is 17-1-1 in its past 19 and 19-2-1 in its past 22.

Kings team scope: After a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, forward Dwight King said this will be "the biggest game of the year." At practice Friday, defenseman Luke Schenn agreed, telling the Kings website this will be "a huge test for us," mentioning that the Ducks have won the past two games. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter told reporters Friday that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all that matter. "We're way more interested in the gap between our points and the team that's not in the playoffs," Sutter said. "There's no wild card in this division, so you have to be in the top three (in the division)." The Kings and Ducks are 20 points ahead of the fourth-place Vancouver Canucks; the San Jose Sharks are in third place, four points behind. Goalie Jonathan Quick will start.

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