NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, December 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (17-7-4) at Anaheim Ducks (18-7-4), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - After falling out of first place in the Pacific
Division, the Anaheim Ducks will try to prevent a further drop on Tuesday
night as they play host to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks entered Saturday's showdown with San Jose tied with the Sharks atop
the division, but fell a point back after a 4-3 shootout loss.
Anaheim did manage to steal a point after scoring twice in the third period to
force extra time. Alex Grant, in his NHL debut, scored at the 12:50 mark and
Ben Lovejoy made it a 3-3 game with 3:06 remaining.
Corey Perry scored earlier in the game and Jonas Hiller made 32 saves before
allowing the only goal of the shootout.
"It was a nice comeback in the third. We talked a lot about that between the
second and third periods. It's nice to get a point, but it would've been great
to get two," said Grant, who according to the Elias Sports Bureau became the
first defenseman in club history to score a goal in his NHL debut.
The Ducks now look to rebound at home, where they are 10-0-1 on the season.
They sit two points ahead of the third-place Kings in the division.
Los Angeles is wrapping up a set of games on back-to-back nights, having
outlasted the St. Louis Blues 3-2 last night at home.
Tyler Toffoli scored twice and Jarret Stoll added a goal for the Kings, who
returned to the win column after having a franchise record-tying 11-game point
streak (7-0-4) halted with a loss to Calgary on Saturday.
Ben Scrivens made 25 saves and had his shutout bid halted with 5:54 to play.
He was beaten again with 16 seconds to go in the third, but the Kings held on.
"I think we tried to approach it with a bit more focus," said Scrivens. "Just
attention to detail. We know they've got an extremely potent power play. I
think they're second in the league in offensive production and they don't give
much up either. So we knew we had our work cut out for us. It was just a
matter of focusing on what we had to do and executing our game plan."
Despite playing without No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick due to a groin strain,
the Kings have yielded two non-shootout goals or fewer in 13 straight games to
set a new club record.
Tonight is the first of five meetings this season between the Kings and Ducks.
Los Angeles has won seven of the past 10 meetings overall, but has dropped
four of its last six in Anaheim.
Scrivens has never faced the Ducks, while current backup Martin Jones has yet
to make his NHL debut.
Hiller is 8-8-2 with a 2.46 goals against average in his career versus the
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