RIVAL NIGHT WITH THE LOS ANGELES KINGS AND ANAHEIM DUCKS IS HERE. This is the first of five games these two teams will play against each other.
IT’S ABOUT TO GET PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WITH THE KINGS IN TOWN AND THEY ARE GOING TO HONDA CENTER TO TAKE ON THE ANAHEIM DUCKS.
#LETSGODUCKS #BEATLA #GODUCKS are the social-media hashtags to use on instagram and twitter.
It is normally a very physical match-up when the Anaheim Ducks compete with the Los Angeles Kings. The game is physical, emotional, is a game filled with big hits, fights and penalties. I can’t recall a game with the Kings that had no hits, no fights, no penalities, and a game played with no emotion with these two teams.
This game against the Kings is the first game of the Ducks 5-game homestand. I say this with confidence that they are starting this homestand with the physicality and emotion that is needed for the Anaheim Ducks to get out of their slum and get back to being aggressive and starting a winning streak within this homestand. They start this homestand without some of the key offensive and defensive players that are strong on the power play as the Ducks key players of the power play and penalty kill unit. The Ducks will go without Cam Fowler (knee injury), Ryan Getzlaf (facial injury), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), and Patrick Eaves (Jullian Barrie Syndrome).
The Anaheim Ducks are (6-6-2, 14 points) going into the game against the Los Angeles Kings. While the Los Angeles Kings are (10-2-2, 22 points) going into the game against the Anaheim Ducks.
As we all know, the Kings started the beginning of last season with Jonathan Quick out of the lineup for a majority of the season. However, this season tells a completely different story for the Kings, with Jonathan Quick standing tall and has been dominant in the net, in my opinion he is becoming one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, he enters Honda Center with an 8-2-0 record this season. So the Ducks will have to find their way around this goalie who has been outstanding in their 11 games he has played for the Kings this season.
With the Ducks going up against the Kings, Randy Carlyle will probably put John Gibson as the starting goaltender for this match-up. In this game Randy Carlyle has decided to move Chris Wagner to play center with Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silverberg and has Antoine Vermette being the center paired up with Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase.
Projected Line Combinations
Thoughts on tonight’s game from the players and coaches:
Kevin Bieska (on the game- Pre-game): Ducks-Kings will be good for us right now. It’s an emotional game. Both teams usually get up for it. This team plays better when we’re emotional. It’s no secret. The Kings are playing good hockey right now. Little bit of a different team with the new coaching staff. Little bit more offensive puck possession. We have our work cut out for us. The team they selected is more skill-oriented as opposed to the old teams when you knew there were going to be a lot of board battles, rimmed pucks, big bodies and always finishing their checks. Different style of game, but there are a lot of teams that olay that style now, so we’ll be ready for them.
Hampus Lindholm (on the game- Pre-game): It’s going to be exciting. When it’s a big rivalry, it’s always a lot of fun to get out there. Fans get emotional and the players get into it. It’s a bounce-back game for us. We need to get on a winning streak. We didn’t play bad last game, but we had some good things we can build on.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on the game- Pre-game): You can’t play this game without emotion. There is a fire that burns inside to compete. When you play oppositions you see on a regular basis, and they’re your biggest rival, it’s natural it’s going to come out. We have to make sure we contain the emotions to a level where we’re doing the right things. You play with emotion and you initiate, but you don’t retaliate.
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Preview: Ducks Open Five-Game Homestand Against Division Leading Kings” and “Line Combos, Quotes and More Leading into Tonight’s Game vs. Kings”
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