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Anaheim aims for fourth win in five games; Los Angeles 1-9-4 since Feb. 9

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

KINGS (24-36-8) at DUCKS (27-33-9)

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


The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will try for their fourth win in five games when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Ducks are 11 points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Anaheim and Los Angeles haven't missed the playoffs in the same season since 2003-04.

The Kings are 1-9-4 since Feb. 9 after a 4-2 loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. They trail the Wild by 18 points.


Players to watch

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had two assists against the Coyotes to give him five in his past five games.

Ducks forward Troy Terry has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past two games to become the first Anaheim rookie in history with back-to-back three-point games.


They said it

"We need our younger guys, including me, to push older guys to get better every day, starting at practice and in games as well. We've had a lot of young guys this year and we've been doing a pretty good job, so we've got to keep pushing for the rest of the year." -- Kings forward Adrian Kempe

"(The younger players) have been a big help. They bring a lot of energy on the ice and in the dressing room. They're a pleasure to be around. They're very enthusiastic and they're having fun." -- Ducks assistant coach Mark Morrison


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Brendan Leipsic -- Jeff Carter - Ilya Kovalchuk

Carl Grundstrom -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Trevor Lewis -- Jonny Brodzinski

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Dion Phaneuf -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Paul LaDue

Injured: Austin Wagner (lower body)


Ducks projected lineup

Max Jones -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Nick Ritchie -- Devin Shore -- Jakob Silfverberg

Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney -- Corey Perry

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Jacob Larsson -- Cam Fowler

Jaycob Megna -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: None

Injured: Chad Johnson (upper body), Brendan Guhle (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip)


Status report

Quick is expected to start after Campbell played against the Coyotes.


Stat pack

The Ducks are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL at 2.26 goals per game and the Kings are the second lowest (2.34). ... Los Angeles has allowed at least three goals in each of its past eight games. ... Henrique has four goals in a three-game goal streak. … Carter is one point from 700 in the NHL.

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