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NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings (30-18-7) at Anaheim Ducks (17-32-6)


FEB. 17 vs. Anaheim Ducks – 6:00 PM PT // Venue: Honda Center // TV: ESPN // Radio: iHeartRadio

  • The LA Kings visit the Anaheim Ducks for the second of three meetings between these two clubs this season (4-1 W on Dec. 20; April 13).
  • The Kings aim to take a 2-0 season series lead over the Ducks.
  • The Kings have won their last four consecutive games against Anaheim, dating back to Feb. 25, 2022.

1) Tonight is the first game of the Kings’ eighth set of back-to-backs this season. Prior to this weekend, the team is 7-4-3 in back-to-backs (5-2-0 in the first game, 2-2-3 in the second).

2) No Kings skater has more multi-goal efforts since the 2016-17 season than Adrian Kempe (17).

3) Viktor Arvidsson leads all Kings skaters with seven road power-play points this season.

4) Only Nick Bonino (69), Austin Matthews (65) and Garnet Hathaway (65) have more blocked shots among forwards this year than Anze Kopitar (63).

5) On Monday, Sean Walker and Matt Roy scored 33 seconds apart, marking the third-fastest two goals by the Kings this season behind a 10-second sequence Dec. 22, 2022 (Phillip Danault & Blake Lizotte) and a 19-second stretch on Dec. 10, 2022 (Anze Kopitar & Viktor Arvidsson).

All-Time Record: 72-57-11-17
Home: 42-24-4-8
Away: 30-33-7-9
OT: 19-18 (10 ties)
Shootout: 9-10
2021-22: 3-0-1
2022-23: 1-0-0

Anze Kopitar* – 84 GP, 81 PTS (28-53=81)
Dustin Brown – 96 GP, 59 PTS (30-29=59)
Drew Doughty* – 69 GP, 39 PTS (8-31=39)
Alex Frolov – 46 GP, 32 PTS (12-20=32)
Luc Robitaille – 38 GP, 27 PTS (9-18=27)
L’ubomir Visnovsky – 40 GP, 27 PTS (4-23=27)
*-denotes active roster player

LAST MEETING vs. ANAHEIM: Dec. 20, 2022 – LAK 4 at ANA 1
Venue: Arena
LAK Goals: Doughty (2), Iafallo (3), Arvidsson (9), Fiala (10)
ANA Goals: Vatrano (6)
Goalies: LAK: Copley (W, 24 saves, 25 shots) ANA: Dostal (L, 37 saves, 41 shots)
LAK PP: 1-for-5
LAK PK: 4-for-5

Sat., Feb. 18 | vs. Arizona Coyotes | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings have points in their last seven consecutive games against Arizona, dating back to May 5, 2021 (5-0-2).

Tues., Feb. 21 | at Minnesota Wild | 7:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. PT) | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
Drew Doughty is currently riding a six-game point streak (2-6=8) against the Minnesota Wild, tied for the second-longest active point streak vs. MIN among defensemen.

Thurs., Feb. 23 | at New Jersey Devils | 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT) | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings will start their ninth set of ack-to-backs in New Jersey before traveling to Long Island to face the Islanders on Feb. 24.

Player, Games Missed, Date(s), Status
F Alex Iafallo, 23 games, Oct. 18 – Dec. 3 (lower-body)
F Brendan Lemieux, 18 games, Nov. 14 – Dec. 20 (lower-body)
F Arthur Kaliyev, 18 games, Dec. 22 – Jan. 31 (lower-body)
F Trevor Moore, 16 games, Dec. 27 – Jan. 31 (upper-body)
F Gabriel Vilardi, 10 games, Nov. 27 (lower-body); Jan. 19 – Pres. (undisclosed)
F Carl Grundstrom, 9 games, Jan. 19 – Pres. (lower-body)
F Quinton Byfield, 6 games, Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 (illness)
F Viktor Arvidsson, 3 games, Oct. 13 (illness); Oct. 25 (illness); Jan. 11 (illness)
D Sean Durzi, 2 games, Nov. 19 – Nov. 22. (lower-body)
D Drew Doughty, 1 game, Dec. 11 (lower-body)
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 106

Feb. 10 – Pheonix Copley (G) re-signed to a one-year contract extension.
Feb. 11 – Trevor Moore (F) and Arthur Kaliyev (F) activated off injured reserve. Jacob Moverare (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 12 – Jacob Moverare (D) loaned to Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 13 – Tobie Bisson (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 14 – Tobie Bisson (D) loaned to Ontario (AHL).
Feb. 15 – Mikey Anderson (D) signed to an eight-year contract extension with an AAV of $4.125M


Feb. 15, 2023 – ANAHEIM 3 vs. BUFFALO 7
The Ducks fell 7-3 to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night at Honda Center. Cam Fowler recorded his second multi-goal effort his past eight games (also Jan. 24 @ ARI; 2-1=3), scoring his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the second period. Kevin Shattenkirk netted his first goal of the season at 6:37 of the second period and added an assist for his second multi-point game of the season (1-1=2). In his 400th career NHL game, Derek Grant recorded two assists (0-2=2), his first multi-point effort of the season. Trevor Zegras earned an assist to extend his point streak to three games (1-2=3) while also pushing his point total to 15 his last 13 games (7-8=15). Ryan Strome and Dmitry Kulikov each collected an assist in the contest. Lukas Dostal made 37 saves in his seventh start of the season and first since Dec. 23 vs. CGY.
PP: 0-2 PK: 4-5 SF: 22 SA: 44 TOI: Simon Benoit (22:14)
Three Stars: 1. R. Dahlin 2. D. Grant 3. P. Krebs

Feb. 20 Florida FLA Live Arena 10 a.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Feb. 21 Tampa Bay Amalie Arena 4 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Feb. 23 Washington Capital One Arena 4 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Feb. 25 Carolina PNC Arna 4 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Feb. 27 Chicago Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream

Feb. 6 Placed D Urho Vaakanainen on Injured Reserve (IR).
Feb. 7 Activated C Derek Grant from Injured Reserve (IR).
Feb. 10 Recalled G Olle Eriksson Ek from San Diego (AHL). Placed Troy Terry on Injured Reserve (IR).
Feb. 11 Recalled G Lukas Dostal from San Diego (AHL) and reassigned G Olle Eriksson Ek to San Diego.

Man-Games Lost: 288
John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 55
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 47
Justin Kirkland Car accident Day-to-day 15
Urho Vaakanainen Lower-body Day-to-day 5
Troy Terry Upper-body Day-to-day 4
Anthony Stolarz Lower-body Day-to-day 3

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks conclude a two-game homestand tonight when they host the second edition of the 2022-23 Freeway Faceoff vs. the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center (6 p.m. PT, TV: ESPN AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight’s game with points in six of their last eight games (4-3-1) in addition to a 5-4-1 record the last 10 contests and points in eight of the last 12 overall (5-5-2). The Ducks penalty kill enters tonight having killed 20 of the last 22 penalties (91.0%) dating to Jan. 28 (spanning six games), third among NHL clubs. Anaheim continues its 11-game February schedule today (1-3-1 to date), consisting of four home and seven road contests. All-time, Anaheim is 154-127-35 in the month of February. Since the start of 2012-13, Anaheim is 57-48-13 in the month, earning points in 70 of the 118 contests (.593%). Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will embark on a four-game road trip beginning Monday, Feb. 20 at Florida (10 a.m. PT). The trip also includes visits to Tampa Bay (Tuesday, Feb. 21), Washington (Thursday, Feb. 23) and Carolina (Saturday, Feb. 25).

DUCKS-KINGS: Anaheim and Los Angeles hit the midway point of their three-game Freeway Faceoff season series tonight at Honda
Center. The three contests in 2022-23 mark the fewest scheduled in a single season between the two Southern California clubs, with
2019-20 also featuring the fewest games played (three, ANA was 2-1-0), with the fourth not being played due to the final contest being
cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Anaheim has earned standings points in 30 of the last 45 overall meetings vs. Los Angeles (25-
15-5) dating to 2013-14 with 26 of the 45 games decided by one goal in that stretch. The Ducks own a 74-56-27 all-time record vs. the
Kings, including a 42-21-16 mark in Orange County. Cam Fowler (7-15=22 in 56 GP) leads active Ducks skaters in career scoring and
assists vs. the Kings and co-leads in goals alongside Jakob Silfverberg (7-12=19 in 37 GP). These two teams wrap up the Freeway
Faceoff Apr. 13 at Honda Center (7 p.m.).

Dec. 20 Arena 4-1 LAK win
Feb. 17 Honda Center 6 p.m. PT ESPN / Ducks Stream
Apr. 13 Honda Center 7 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

Overall @ Anaheim @ Los Angeles
All-Time Series: 74-56-27 42-21-16 32-35-11
Current Streak: Four LAK wins Two LAK wins Two LAK wins
Last ANA Win: Nov. 30, 2021 (5-4 SO) May 1, 2021 (6-2) Nov. 30, 2021 (5-4 SO)
Last LAK Win: Dec. 20, 2022 (4-1) Apr. 19, 2022 (2-1) Dec. 20, 2022 (4-1)
ANA Last 10: 3-7-0 4-6-0 4-5-1

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