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02-18-2009, 12:26 PM
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Los Angeles @ Anaheim - 2/18/09 - 7PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(24-22-9, 57 pts)

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Anaheim Ducks
(28-25-5, 61 pts)


7:00PM (PST) @ Honda Center Anaheim, CA


TV Broadcast: FSN-W (Home & AWAY)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 204
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GAME PREIVEW
Both the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are fighting to get into playoff position in the Western Conference.

But going into the southern California rivals' final meeting of the season, they're also both trying to regain their confidence defensively after losses to the same lowly opponent.

The Kings will try to avoid a fourth straight defeat Wednesday night against the Ducks, who will be playing their last home game before a season-high six-game road trip.

Anaheim (28-25-5) had allowed three goals while winning back-to-back games over Calgary going into Sunday's meeting with last-place Atlanta, but gave up that many to Ilya Kovalchuk in the second period alone en route to an 8-4 loss.

Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had showed signs of improvement against the Flames, but his inconsistent season continued as he allowed five goals on 25 shots before being pulled midway through the second. Giguere's 3.09 goals-against average is his worst in a decade, and he's been losing time to backup Jonas Hiller, who's 4-0-0 with a 0.74 GAA in four career starts versus the Kings (24-22-9).

Against Atlanta, Anaheim allowed 43 shots and gave up eight goals for the first time since an 8-0 loss at Dallas on March 21, 2001.

"We've got to go back to work," center Ryan Getzlaf said. "... We're a team that prides itself on not giving up so many shots. We didn't respond the way we needed."

One night later, the Thrashers caused similar problems for Los Angeles, which fell behind 3-0 in the first eight minutes and eventually erased a three-goal deficit in the third period before losing 7-6 in a shootout.

Like Giguere, Kings starter Jon Quick was yanked after giving up three goals on seven shots. Quick, who was replaced by Erik Ersberg, had been 11-7-1 with a 2.31 GAA coming in.

Anaheim leads Los Angeles by three points in the West, but the Kings have three games in hand on their Pacific Division rival. The teams are two of four clubs in the conference that are outside of playoff position but within five points of eighth place.

Just two years removed from a Stanley Cup title and with most of that core back, the Ducks had been expecting better results this season.

"The teams that we are in the pack against, it becomes must-wins when we play those teams," coach Randy Carlyle told the Ducks' official Web site. "The pressure is going to be squarely pushed toward us. We put ourselves in this situation. We're responsible for it."

The Kings are simply looking for their first playoff berth since 2002. They may be happy to head back on the road after going 0-1-2 on their recent homestand, considering they've won four straight and six of their last seven away from home.

Nineteen of their final 27 games are on the road, and coach Terry Murray is still searching for consistency at both ends of the ice.

The Kings have scored one goal in their two trips to Honda Center this season, running their losing streak there to six (0-4-2). They're 2-2-1 against the Ducks this season, including a 4-3 win in the most recent meeting Jan. 8.

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INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Tom Preissing / Dizziness IR. (Out indefinitely)

ANAHEIM
Brad Larsen / Sports hernia, hip IR. (Expected to miss remainder of season)
Francois Beauchemin / Knee IR. (Might be out for the season)
Samuel Pahlsson / Virus IR. (Out until at least late February)
Kent Huskins / Foot IR. (Out until at least early March)

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PREVIOUS MEETINGS
01/08/09 - ANA @ LAK 4-3 (Kings)
01/06/09 - LAK @ ANA 3-1 (Ducks)
11/16/08 - LAK @ ANA 2-0 (Ducks)
11/04/08 - ANA @ LAK 1-0 (Ducks, OT)
10/14/08 - ANA @ LAK 6-3 (Kings)

*Kings All Time Record against Anahiem: 38-34-11-6

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 47PTS (18 G / 29 A, -9)
Getzlaf, ANA - 63PTS (18 G / 45 A, +7)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 30PTS (3 G / 27 A, +2)
Niedermayer, ANA - 38PTS (8 G / 30 A, -8)

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PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 22 GP (11-7-1)
GAA 2.44 / SV% .915

Giguere, ANA - 35 GP (14-14-4)
GAA 3.09 / SV% .903

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TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.73 (T-10th)
ANA – 2.83 (15th)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 2.60 (T-21st)
ANA – 2.76 (18th)

Power Play %
LA – 19.6 (13th)
ANA – 21.7 (T-6th)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 82.0 (13th)
ANA – 81.1 (17th)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


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NHL GAMES TODAY


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Kings need to get their game in order and come out banging in the 1st! ... GO KINGS GO!

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Perhaps the biggest game this organization has played in years.

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Go Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiings ! They need this one but I don't have a good feeling about this. Shoot early in often.. Giguere has been awful lately.

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Can not miss this one and i think it will be The Kings up against Hiller.

Hoping they will be showing up for 60 min from start because "the shi*ty pigeons" know how the Kings have started their last games.



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This is a must-win. I'm thinking about going down to Anaheim just to see it for myself.

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I think this one is on PrimeTicket, not FSNW, unfortunately since San Diego doesn't get PT. Just a FYI!

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This game will be decided by the special teams. The Kings need to pickup their PK and score a couple of PP goals.

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If the Kings can have a good first period, they'll win this.

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I think this one is on PrimeTicket, not FSNW, unfortunately since San Diego doesn't get PT. Just a FYI!

Go Kings!
Free Center Ice this week, BTW

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By far the most meaningful Kings/Ducks game in a long long time

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This is a must-win.
agree. A must-win in REGULATION (no OT or SO).

The Kings need to start taking "advantage" of their games in hand.


and OT a bit: I like the 7:00 start times in Anaheim. Even if you have OT or SO, it gets you home at a decent hour.

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Kings win!

GO KINGS GO!!!!

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Won't be watching since the last 2 games we've lost, I've watched. . .I'm doing everyone a favor here.

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Doesn't get any bigger than this. To win here the Kings move within two points of Anaheim and stay at three less games played than them. Just a monumental advantage. They have to find a way to win here no matter what. Let's hope Kopitar is now fully ignited and he can put up a consistent clutch effort night in and out and help carry this team to it's first post-season in a long long time. GO KINGS!

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Is Giguere in net? GOD I HOPE HE IS

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http://ducks.freedomblogging.com/200...n-hiller/6981/

According to this blog Hiller is likely to start...

Not a good sign for the Kings. Hiller always seems to kill us.

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Damn, I read that as Hitler starting in goal tonight.

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Biggest game in years, friends. Biggest game in years.

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Im going to be there so I really hope they win. I dont see how either ducks goalie could have much confidence after their last combined outing. J. Quick is a beast and if the Kings show up in the first then They will win.

GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pahlsson is out....not a coincidence that the Ducks are sucking without him...very underrated player...best checking forward in the game.

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Biggest game in years, friends. Biggest game in years.
We need 4 points out of the next 3 games. Tonight would be a great time to get 2, because they sure aren't going to come easy in San Jose.

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This is a must-win.
I think that makes about six must-win games in a row...

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Free Center Ice this week, BTW
Yeah, I actually have Center Ice, but unfortunately, not only do we not have Prime Ticket in San Diego, PrimeTicket games get blacked out here because they THINK we have it. Curse you TimeWarner!

Will be watching online tonight.

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I think that makes about six must-win games in a row...
with 26 more to go

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