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Kings host Ducks to get Stadium Series started

by Dan Rosen

DUCKS (38-10-5) at KINGS (29-17-6)

(2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium)


Last 10: Anaheim 8-2-0; Los Angeles 4-4-2

Season series: This is the third of five games between the SoCal rivals and the second in a span of three days. The Ducks beat the Kings 2-1 Thursday on goals from Dustin Penner and Patrick Maroon. The Kings won the first meeting of the season, 3-2 in a shootout, on Dec. 3.

Big story: The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is finally here. This game at Dodger Stadium is the first of four in the series and the first NHL outdoor game played in a warm-weather climate. The layout of the event features not only the rink in the middle of the field at Dodger Stadium, but a beach volleyball court in left field, palm trees in center field, a stage in right field for two performances by KISS, and a roller hockey rink in the area by home plate.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim rebounded from its first regulation loss of the season on home ice (Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets) to beat the Kings in a physical game Thursday at Honda Center. Frederik Andersen made 30 saves and the Ducks got second-period goals from Penner and Maroon in a span of 4:02.

Goalie Jonas Hiller is expected to start Saturday. He started the 3-2 loss to the Jets earlier this week but gave up three goals on 11 shots before he was pulled late in the second period. It was arguably his worst performance of the season.

"I know every time we play this team, it's a man's game," coach Bruce Boudreau said of the Kings. "You better be prepared to hit and to be hit, because they're so good."

Kings: The Kings' struggles continued Thursday as they lost their fourth straight game, including their third in a row in regulation. They are 0-3-1 in their past four games and just 4-9-2 in their past 15.

"We should have some fire in our belly and be upset," forward Justin Williams said.

This is considered a home game for the Kings, who have been on the road since Jan. 16 because the music industry is taking over Staples Center for the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Their road trip will continue Monday at the San Jose Sharks and Tuesday at the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings won't play their next true home game until Thursday, when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to Staples Center.

Who's hot: Kings center Anze Kopitar has points in six of the past eight games and left wing Dwight King had points in back-to-back games. … Ducks right wing Corey Perry hasn't gone two games in a row without a point since Nov. 20-22. He has 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in the past 28 games. Center Nick Bonino has points in three straight games (one goal, three assists) and nine of his past 12 (six goals, eight assists).

Injury report: Kings defenseman Matt Greene (concussion) is out indefinitely. … Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa (wrist) and goalie Viktor Fasth (lower body) are out. Defenseman Sheldon Souray is out for the season after undergoing wrist surgery.

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