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Kings, Ducks face off again days after a classic

by Brian Hunter

DUCKS (11-3-3) at KINGS (8-5-4)


Season series: The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings play for the second time in four days, and their initial game in 2014-15 proved worthy of what has become one of the NHL's top rivalries. The Ducks trailed 2-0, 3-1 and 5-3 on Wednesday before late goals by Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf forced overtime. That's where Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout to give Anaheim a dramatic 6-5 win.

Ducks team scope: Forward Dany Heatley, who's scoreless in four games this season, was placed on injured reserve Friday. He's been battling a groin issue. "I want to come back 100 percent," he said. "It's early in the season, so hopefully I can get this fixed. A little more time can hopefully help it." Forward Corey Perry was back at practice Thursday, one day after Anaheim announced he and defenseman Francois Beauchemin were diagnosed with mumps. He didn't rule out playing against either the Kings or Florida Panthers on Sunday, but it's far from a certainty. "It's going to take some time," Perry said. "The body is a little weak. Hopefully I can do all the right steps to get ready. It's mostly the lungs. Being weak is the most noticeable thing." Goalie Frederik Andersen, who was pulled in the second period Wednesday after allowing three goals on 10 shots, will be back in net. "I have all the faith in the world in Freddie," coach Bruce Boudreau said via the Orange County Register. "Sometimes stuff happens. If it's a forward, you'd never notice it. But as a goalie, you notice it."

Kings team scope: Unlike Anaheim, which had the past two days off, Los Angeles was right back in action Thursday. The Kings lost 2-0 to the Dallas Stars at Staples Center, their second regulation loss in 10 games this season on home ice. Defenseman Alec Martinez had surgery on a finger Friday morning and is out, but Robyn Regehr returned to practice, according to, and was paired with newcomer Jamie McBain. Regehr could return to the lineup after missing the past three games. "It was only an 'undisclosed' injury. Those ones are usually pretty quick," he said, joking. Coach Darryl Sutter juggled his lines at practice, with Jeff Carter moving to the right wing on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. "We haven't really played very well, so find a way to win," captain Dustin Brown said. Jonathan Quick is expected to start in goal.

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