February 2nd, 2013 – 7:00 pm PST, 10:00 pm EST
KINGS (2-2-2) at DUCKS (4-1-1)
The Honda Center – Anaheim, California
The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings continue to struggle to score -- they're averaging just two goals a game. The Ducks have nine points in their first six games, as well as some hard feelings after losing five times to L.A. last season
The Southern California rivals play the first of four games this season. The Kings dominated their suburban rival last season, winning five of six meetings -- including two of three in Anaheim.
Mar 16, 2012 LAK @ ANA LAK, 4 - 2
Mar 3, 2012 ANA @ LAK LAK, 4 - 2
Dec 22, 2011 ANA @ LAK LAK, 3 - 2
Dec 6, 2011 LAK @ ANA ANA, 3 - 2
Nov 17, 2011 LAK @ ANA LAK, 5 - 3
Nov 16, 2011 ANA @ LAK LAK, 2 - 1
Ducks: Kyle Palmieri had a 22nd birthday he'll never forget, thanks to Teemu Selanne. The Ducks' ageless wonder, two decades older than his young linemate, set up the birthday boy for a pair of goals as Anaheim beat Minnesota 3-1 on Friday night.
The line of Palmieri, Selanne and Bobby Ryan generated all three Anaheim goals.
"Our line came to work tonight, and we were fortunate to get some offensive scoring chances," Palmieri said. "I think coach Boudreau stressed that we were good in our own d-zone, and I think we were great tonight. We played a full 200-foot game which translated into a couple of goals for our line."
Anaheim Ducks Roster
Ducks Team Leaders:
Pts: Teemu Selanne 8
Goals: Daniel Winnik 5
Assists: Teemu Selanne 6
+/-: Daniel Winnik 7
GAA: Viktor Fasth 1.44
Save %: Viktor Fasth .938
Wins: Jonas Hiller 2
Kings: The Kings-Ducks rivalry doesn't get the kind of attention that more historic pairings such as Bruins-Canadiens do. Part of the problem is that the teams generally haven't been good at the same time.
“There’s only a rivalry if both teams are fighting for the same spot," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told the team's website. "One team had a tough year last year. One team was trying to make the playoffs. I’m not into that rivalry stuff unless they’re two top teams that are battling for a spot."
One change after Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville could be the return of forward Dustin Penner, who was playing on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter at Friday's practice.
Los Angeles Kings Roster
Kings Team Leaders:
Pts: Kyle Clifford 5
Goals: Jeff Carter 3
Assists: Kyle Clifford 4
+/-: Kyle Clifford 4
GAA: Jonathan Quick 2.43
Save %: Jonathan Quick .907
Wins: Jonathan Quick 2
Who's hot: Carter (3) and Anze Kopitar (2) are the only Kings with more than one goal. … Selanne assisted on all three goals Friday night and leads the Ducks in points with eight. Viktor Fasth overcame a bad goal early in the game to get the win -- becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to win his first two starts.
Team Statistics - 2012:
Los Angeles Kings
01/18/2013 Hampus Lindholm concussion IR
Los Angeles Kings
01/20/2013 Matt Greene to undergo back surgery IR
01/18/2013 Willie Mitchell knee surgery IR
Official Site of the Anaheim Ducks
Official Site of the Los Angeles Kings