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Kings, Ducks each look to extend winning streaks

Anaheim trails L.A. by four points for first place in Pacific

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

KINGS (37-20-4) at DUCKS (33-19-8)

TV: 9 p.m. ET; NBCSN

ANAHEIM -- With less than 24 hours of rest, the Los Angeles Kings will attempt to end the Anaheim Ducks' seven-game winning streak when the two Southern California rivals meet for the third time this season, Sunday at Honda Center.

The Kings won their game Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 with two goals from Tanner Pearson. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 23 saves and Rob Scuderi, who was traded to his old team from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, played 19:07 and had an assist on the third defensive pairing with Brayden McNabb.  

Scuderi played four seasons with Los Angeles from 2009-13 and was a member of the 2012 Stanley Cup-winning team. He's familiar with the rivalry and the challenges that the Ducks pose.

"I think have a big start," Scuderi said after the game Saturday. "Usually that's the best way to get yourself going, especially in a road rink, to take some of the air out of the building to have a good first five and ten minutes, it goes a long way I think."

Scuderi said he was able to slide back into the Kings' system easily.

"It felt pretty natural," Scuderi said. "Given the way that they play my style, I think it's a pretty good fit. I thought it was one good game, and the idea is to do it continually over the course of time."

The Pacific Division-leading Kings bring their own streak into the game, having won their past four games and having earned points in the past five (4-0-1). A total of four points separate the two in the division.

"Now is the first time it actually takes on a little bit more meaning in the standings," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice Saturday. "It should ramp things up a bit. Both teams will be at their best. It should be a great game."

The Kings did not skate on Sunday morning. The Ducks held an optional morning skate.

Here are the projected lineups:


Milan Lucic - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Dwight King - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson - Vincent Lecavalier - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Nick Shore - Andy Andreoff

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez - Luke Schenn

Brayden McNabb - Rob Scuderi

Jonathan Quick

Jhonas Enroth

Injured: Matt Greene (shoulder), Marian Gaborik (Knee), Jordan Nolan (undisclosed)

Scratched: Jamie McBain, Michael Mersch


David Perron - Ryan Getzlaf - Mike Santorelli

Nick Ritchie - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Patrick Maroon - Nate Thompson - Ryan Garbutt

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Simon Despres - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Frederik Andersen

Injured: Chris Stewart (jaw)

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Harry Zolnierczyk, Clayton Stoner

Status Report: Boudreau named Gibson the starter after practice Saturday. Gibson is 3-1-0 against the Kings in the regular season with a 2.25 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He also has one postseason shutout against Los Angeles. … Quick is 15-8-6 against Anaheim in the regular season with a 2.53 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

Who's Hot: Getzlaf is riding a 10-game point streak, the longest active streak in the NHL. He has 48 points in 57 gains against the Kings. … Rakell has six points in the past six games. … Kesler has seven points in the past nine games and 23 points in 37 games against the Kings. … Pearson has four points in the past four games, including two goals on Saturday.… Kopitar has 56 points in 52 games against Anaheim with a plus-12 rating.

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