NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 12 (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (8-4-3) at Anaheim Ducks (10-3-3), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks try to salvage the finale of a four- game homestand on Wednesday night as they play host to the Los Angeles Kings.
Though they are winless on this residency following a 3-1-0 road trip, the Ducks have picked up a point in each loss. They began the stay at Honda Center with an overtime loss to the New York Islanders and followed up with consecutive shootout losses to Arizona and Vancouver.
Former Duck Nick Bonino had the lone goal of the shootout in Sunday's loss. Acquired as part of the package that sent Ryan Kesler to Anaheim, Bonino went forehand to backhand before slipping the puck through the pads of Frederik Andersen.
Kesler then failed to extend the shootout as he shot rang off the post.
"I'm not big on shootouts. Obviously, they're important points," noted Kesler. "I thought we fought hard, but it's another shootout loss. Both teams competed hard. It was a fun game to play in.
Andersen made 34 stops and Sami Vatanen netted the lone goal for Anaheim, which played a third straight game without Corey Perry due to what has since been diagnosed as a viral gland infection.
Perry, who has 11 goals on the season, and defenseman Francois Beauchemin are both dealing with the ailment and are undergoing further tests.
Andersen should start tonight as he tries to keep his perfect record intact versus the Kings. He has won all three of his career starts against them with a 1.62 goals against average and .950 save percentage.
The Kings take aim at just their second road victory of the season tonight and won for just the second time in their past seven overall with Saturday's 5-1 decision over Vancouver.
Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin all scored in the first period, Jeff Carter lit the lamp and Tyler Toffoli had a goal and two assists in the win.
"I think we came out really strong and we just kept our feet moving and kept getting pucks to the net," Toffoli said.
Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots in the win. He is 13-7-3 in his career versus the Ducks with a 2.41 GAA and .905 save percentage.
The Ducks have won four straight and six of their past nine meetings with the Kings overall and three of the last four played at home.
11/12 10:34:51 ET