Game Preview: Kings Vs Anaheim Ducks

Preview:

The Kings (2-2-2; 6 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks (4-1-1; 9 points) tonight at 7. The Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild last night,3-1, thanks to the Kyle Palmieri, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Ryan line which generated all three goals. The Kings lost 2-1 to the Predators Thursday in a shootout and have gotten points their last four games.

It's been an unimpressive start by the Kings who have failed to score and create constant pressure. The Ducks are a formidable opponent with a self less, high powered offense but have holes on the defensive end that the Kings will have to exploit to win. A win against a local rival with a less than daunting penalty kill unit could be the cure for an inconsistent start and help propel the Kings forward. 

The Kings and Ducks played six times last year with the Kings wining five. The Kings outscored the Ducks 20-13, their only defeat was in Anaheim.

Team stats:

 

 

Goals/G

GA

  PP

  PK

S/G

SA

 F/O

Kings

 1.83

2.5

 6.1%

86.7%

27.3

27.0

50.8%

Ducks

  3.17

2.83

23.5%

68.2%

27.2

25.7

49.6%

 

 

Team Leaders:

 

 

               Kings

              Ducks

               Points

        Kyle Clifford: 5

Teemu Selanne: 8

               Goals

        Jeff Carter: 3

  Daniel Winnik: 5

               Assists

        Kyle Clifford: 4

    Teemu Selanne: 6

               +/-

Nolan, Muzzin, Clifford: 4

    Daniel Winnik: 7

 

Final thoughts:

Look for Dustin Brown to make an impact in tonght's game. Brown scored his first goal of the season on a rebound against the Predators. As captain and emotional leader Brown's impact usually isn't on the stat sheet as he sets the tone between the blue lines. 

With the exception of his two goal game against Phoenix Anze Kopitar has had a quiet season. The powerful center has been dealing with an injured shoulder and hasn't had many opportunities. The offense is dependent on Kopitar and Drew Doughty's ability to create high scoring opportunities for the other players. While Doughty has been relentlessly attacking the net he's yet to score. 

Tonight's game could be the catalyst to getting back on track. It will be important to get a score in the first period and the power play unit, which has been awful statistically has generated better chances recently, needs to put one on the board.

Injuries: Kings - Willie Mitchell (knee) Ducks - Healthy