Game Preview: Showdown in Anaheim

 

Preview: There could be a lot on the line for tonight’s Southern California battle. The Kings (22-13-3; 47 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to take on the Ducks (25-8-5; 55 points) tonight at 6. Tonight’s contest marks the final ten games in the season for both teams. Los Angeles currently sits in second place in the Pacific Division trailing the Ducks by eight points. The Kings final game against Anaheim will be next Saturday at the Staples Center.

Since the winner of each division is reserved a top three seed for the playoffs winning the Pacific Division provides plenty of advantages. A chance to pick up two points on the Ducks and set the tone for the conclusion on the season is on the line. Let’s not forget that while the Kings currently sit in fourth a playoff berth in the Western Conference is far from promised with the ninth Coyotes only seven points back.

The Kings enter tonight’s game after a 4-1 victory over the Oilers. Los Angeles is on a two game win streak and 6-3-1 over the past ten games. Anaheim lost 3-1 to the Stars and are 4-5-1 in their last ten.

Tonight’s game should provide plenty of entertainment. Both teams bolster high-octane offenses that can score from anywhere with anyone. Anaheim’s 2.95 goals a game is sixth in league and the Kings sit tied in seventh with 2.90 per game. The Kings have averaged 4.5 goals in the two meetings against Anaheim. The Ducks had a seven goal onslaught in the first game between the teams where Jonathan Quick was pulled after only six minutes but put in two goals in the second contest.

The teams have split the two games this year between the Californian teams with the home team winning both. It’s been well over a month since they’ve met on February 25th with the Kings winning 5-2. Anaheim won the first game on February 2nd 7-4.

The Ducks are led by facilitator/scorer Ryan Getzlaf. It’s hard to find a weakness on the Ducks’ offensive end with Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu and others putting up monster statistics. Center Andrew Cogliano scored in each of the Ducks’ past two games.

The Kings offense has been led by Jeff Carter and Justin Williams recently. With 22 goals this season Carter is fourth in the league this year in scoring and has tallied a goal in four of the past five games. Williams has been hot scoring five goals in the last six games giving the Kings an offensive threat they didn’t even have in last year’s playoffs. 

Team Stats:

 

 

Goals/g

  GA

   PP

  PK

  S/G

 SA

 F/O

     Kings

  2.90

2.37

19.6%

81.6%

29.9

24.4

51.3%

Ducks

  2.95

2.42

22.6%

80.0%

27.6

27.8

47.6%

Team Leaders:

 

 

Kings

Ducks

Points

Anze Koptar: 34

Justin Williams: 28

Jeff Carter: 27

Ryan Getzlaf: 43

Corey Perry: 30

Bobby Ryan: 28

Goals

Jeff Carter: 22

Dustin Brown: 14

Anze Kopitar: 10

Ryan Getzlaf: 13

Corey Perry: 12

Andrew Cogliano: 12

Assists

Anze Kopitar: 24

Justin Williams: 18

Slava Voynov: 18

Ryan Getzlaf: 30

Corey Perry: 18

Bobby Ryan: 18

+/-

Justin Williams: 18

Anze Kopitar: 16

Jake Muzzin: 15

Sheldon Souray: 26

Francois Beauchemin: 23

Andrew Cogliano: 23