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Game 70: Ducks Host Kings
By Julius Choi
Anaheim(27-33-9) vs Los Angeles(24-36-8)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM ET, NBCSN
Radio: KLAA AM 830
Post Game Show: Duck Calls with Josh Brewster AM 830
The Anaheim Ducks embraced the role of spoiler in big fashion on Friday against the Montreal Canadiens. The 8-2 win by Anaheim delayed goaltender Carey Price‘s inevitable record for most wins in franchise history. Price currently sits tied with Jacques Plante with 314. Meanwhile, Cam Fowler became the all-time points by a defenseman leader to pass Scott Niedermayer.
Since being drafted by the Ducks in the first round (12th overall) in 2010, Fowler has scored 265 points in 607 games spread across nine seasons. After two games missed due to a knee injury, Devin Shore was inserted back into the lineup on Friday in the game against Montreal, adding a goal and an assist in just over 15 minutes of ice time.
Ryan Kesler did not play in Friday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens due to a hip injury and is currently listed as day-to-day.
John Gibson 19-21-8, GAA 2.90, SV% .915 (Unconfirmed)
Los Angeles Outlook
To once being locks for the playoffs every single year and being the analytic darlings of the NHL for quite some time, the Los Angeles Kings are regressing and in prime position to land the No. 1 pick to select the coveted center Jack Hughes. As of today, Los Angeles has a 13.5 percent chance to get the top pick and a 38.8 percent chance of a top 3 selection according to Tankathon.
Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2014, the Kings are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third time. This is due in large part to the Los Angeles’ aging core and being cash strapped to those said players. There are eight players over the age of 30 and their salaries in 2018-19 combine for $44.4 million of the team’s $73 million cap hit.
Jonathan Quick 12-19-6, GAA 3.32. SV% .891 (Unconfirmed)
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March 10th, 2019