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Quick to start for Los Angeles; Anaheim missing Getzlaf, tries to avoid fourth straight loss

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (10-2-2) at DUCKS (6-6-2)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Anaheim Ducks won't have center Ryan Getzlaf when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Tuesday, or for the next few weeks. Getzlaf had surgery for a facial fracture on Monday, and general manager Bob Murray said he could miss two months.

Getzlaf, who led Anaheim with 73 points (15 goals, 58 assists) last season, missed the past three games after getting hit in the face with a deflected shot against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 29. He joins forwards Ryan Kesler (hip surgery) and Patrick Eaves (illness), and defenseman Cam Fowler (knee) on injured reserve.

The Kings allow 2.21 goals per game, fewest in the NHL. Goaltender Jonathan Quick will start after backup Darcy Kuemper played in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators at Staples Center on Saturday. Quick is second in the League with a .939 save percentage and third with a 1.99 goals-against average.

 

Players to watch

Anaheim forward Corey Perry has played more regular-season minutes against the Kings than any other NHL team. He has 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games against Los Angeles.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 59 games against the Ducks, the most goals he's scored against any NHL opponent.

 

They said it

"I haven't had this much fun playing hockey since we won the Stanley Cup (in 2014), so that's a long time." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

"Nobody's going to feel sorry for us." -- Ducks general manager Bob Murray

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Michael Amadio -- Brooks Laich -- Andy Andreoff

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kurtis MacDermid -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Christian Folin .

Injured: Marian Gaborik (knee), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Jeff Carter (leg)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Kalle Kossila -- Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg -- Derek Grant -- Andrew Cogliano

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jared Boll, Jaycob Megna

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (facial surgery), Cam Fowler (knee), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery).

 

Status report

Gaborik skated with the Kings for the first time this season at the morning skate, though he did not participate in line rushes. … Gibson will start after Miller played in a 2-1 shootout loss at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

The Ducks are 30th on the power play at 11.9 percent; the Kings are No. 1 on the penalty kill at 91.8 percent. ... The Ducks will try to avoid losing four in a row for the first time since starting 0-3-1 last season.

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