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Los Angeles tries to end 11-game road winless skid; Anaheim 4-8-4 in past 16

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

KINGS (12-18-2) at DUCKS (13-14-4)

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

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will attempt to end an 11-game road winless streak (0-10-1) when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday.

The Kings haven't won away from home since a 3-2 victory at the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 22. Los Angeles, 3-6-1 in its past 10 games overall, is coming off a 3-1 win against the visiting New York Rangers on Tuesday, ending a four-game losing streak that began with a 4-2 loss at Anaheim on Dec. 2.

Goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to start; he's 2-4-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in his past seven starts.

The Ducks, 4-8-4 in their past 16 games, look to win consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 29 (7-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets) and Nov. 1 (2-1 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks).

 

Players to watch

Kings defenseman Matt Roy had two assists against the Rangers for the first multi-point game in his 57-game NHL career. 

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak and 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past 11 games.

 

They said it

"Eventually, we'll break the seal on the road if we keep playing the way we are and play as a team." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"Max can be a dangerous player. All we're encouraging Max to do is bring that swagger. ... He doesn't need to tiptoe around in this league." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on rookie forward Max Comtois, who moved back into the lineup after forward Nick Ritchie sustained a knee injury against the Washington Capitals on Friday that's expected to keep him out 6-10 weeks

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Trevor Lewis

Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Ilya Kovalchuk, Paul LaDue, Matt Luff

Injured: Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort (back)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Devin Shore -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Comtois -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer   

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Josh Mahura, Sam Carrick, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee)

 

Status report

Martinez and Forbort were on the ice before the morning skate on Thursday but remain out. ... Steel is expected to return to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch in a 3-2 win at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

The Kings are 9-2-0 this season when leading after the first period. ... Kopitar has 66 points (24 goals, 42 assists) in 69 games against the Ducks. … Anaheim is 19-6-5 in its past 30 regular-season games against Los Angeles.

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