Preview: Ducks at Kings
The Anaheim Ducks attempt to extend their winning streak to seven games Monday, when they visit the Pacific Division-rival Los Angeles Kings. Anaheim rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche at home on Sunday as captain Ryan Getzlaf scored the tying goal midway through the third period and Corey Perry netted his second of the night at 4:14 of the extra session. The Ducks would be the talk of the league if not for the Chicago Blackhawks' amazing start as they have lost only twice in regulation and have won 10 of their last 11 contests.
Los Angeles enters having won three in a row and five of six, allowing one goal in each of the victories. The reigning Stanley Cup champions posted a 4-1 home triumph over Colorado on Saturday as Anze Kopitar recorded a goal and an assist while Jeff Carter netted his fifth tally in six games. The Kings are looking to avenge a 7-4 loss at Anaheim on Feb. 2, a game in which it erased three deficits but never led.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), FSN West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE DUCKS (13-2-1): Teemu Selanne continues to climb the NHL's all-time lists. The "Finnish Flash" scored his 250th career power-play goal Sunday, snapping a tie with Phil Esposito for third place in league history behind Dave Andreychuk (274) and Brett Hull (265). The tally was his 668th, tying him with Luc Robitaille for 11th place. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin set a career high with four assists against Colorado. Blue-liner Cam Fowler returned to action Sunday after missing eight games with a head injury.
ABOUT THE KINGS (8-6-2): Saturday's win over the Avalanche began a stretch during which Los Angeles plays eight of nine games at home. The Kings host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday before heading to Vancouver for a matchup with the Canucks next Saturday. They then have a five-game homestand that spans eight days and ends with two straight meetings with the Calgary Flames. Kopitar has recorded a point in six of his last seven games, registering two goals and five assists in that span. Justin Williams' assist on Saturday was just his second point in eight contests. Captain Dustin Brown has tallied in two straight following a seven-game drought.
1. Ducks C Nick Bonino registered his first career hat trick and added an assist in the first meeting between the teams this season.
2. Los Angeles had won three straight and five of six in the all-time series prior to Feb. 2.
3. Anaheim has won only three of its last 10 visits to Los Angeles.
PREDICTION: Ducks 4, Kings 2
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