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Los Angeles goes for first season sweep of Anaheim

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (30-41-9) at DUCKS (34-37-10)

10 p.m. ET, PRIME, FS-W+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to sweep the season series against the Anaheim Ducks for the first time when they play at Honda Center on Friday.

Los Angeles defeated Anaheim 4-1 on Nov. 6, 3-2 on March 10 and 4-3 in a shootout on March 23. Neither team has swept the season series since the Ducks entered the NHL for the 1993-94 season; The Kings went 4-0-1 in 2001-02.

The Ducks are 10-5-1 since March 3 and haven't lost two in a row in that span. They have 78 points and haven't finished with fewer than 80 points in an 82-game season since 2003-04 (76), which was also the last time the Kings and Ducks each missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the same season.

 

Players to watch

Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak, one short of his NHL career high set the first four games of the 2013 season. He has an NHL career-high 11 goals this season.

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past six games.

 

They said it

"The game's changing and you've got to adapt with it." -- Kings forward Kyle Clifford on his increased production this season

"You could tell, with more experience and ice time, they're getting more comfortable with the puck making plays. They're not just getting rid of the puck." -- Ducks assistant coach Mark Morrison on the young players, including Sam Steel and Max Jones

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Trevor Lewis

Austin Wagner -- Michael Amadio -- Jonny Brodzinski

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Dion Phaneuf -- Paul LaDue

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Sean Walker, Blake Lizotte, Ilya Kovalchuk

Injured: Kurtis MacDermid (upper-body), Brendan Leipsic (lower body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Devin Shore -- Adam Henrique -- Corey Perry

Max Jones -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Jacob Larsson

Brendan Guhle -- Cam Fowler

Jaycob Megna -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: None

Injured: Troy Terry (leg), Josh Manson (upper body), Chad Johnson (upper body)

 

Status report

Lizotte, who signed an entry-level contract Tuesday, is expected to make his NHL debut in the regular-season finale against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. ... The Ducks sent defenseman Andy Welinski to San Diego of the American Hockey on Friday, likely meaning Guhle will return after missing the past 14 games with an oblique injury.

 

Stat pack

Brown (five goals, five assists) and Kopitar (two goals, eight assists) each has 10 points in his past 10 games. ... The Ducks will conclude their season one day before every other team in the League for the first time in team history.

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