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Game 49: Anaheim At Los Angeles

Anaheim(14-27-7) at Los Angeles(17-22-6)

Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast

TV: 7 PM PT/10 PM ET, Bally Sports West/KDOC

Radio: AM 1110

Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks square off with the Kings for the fifth time this season. Anaheim will face them fourth times in the next week to complete the Freeway Face-Off series. Anaheim is currently on a four game losing streak. The only question remaining this season for Anaheim is what position will they end up in for the draft lottery.

Team News

David Backes was reassigned to the taxi squad. It appeared that he may have played his final game in Anaheim last Saturday. He waved to his family in the stands and was given some congratulatory hugs by teammates. He spoke to the media Sunday and it sounds like he will be retiring after this season.

Trevor Zegras and Simon Benoit were recalled to the taxi squad. Zebras played in the Gulls game last night, so he will likely not play tonight, but will play later this week.

Hunter Drew and Maxim Golod were reassigned to the Gulls.

Adam Henrique was added to the league COVID protocol list, so he will not play tonight.

Several Ducks players names were being discussed as possibly being moved by the trade deadline. The big name players remained and the Ducks ended up making two smaller trades. Ben Hutton was sent to Toronto and Jani Hakanpaa was traded to Carolina.

Here is a trade deadline recap: Ducks Make Two Trades; Big Names Remain

By The Numbers:

Max Comtois leads the team in scoring with 13 goals.

Goals For Per Game: 2.17, 31st in NHL
Goals Against Per Game: 3.21, 25th
Power Play Efficiency: 10.1%, 31st
Penalty Kill Efficiency: 79.7%, 13th
Corsi For: 48.37%, 23rd
Fenwick For: 47.56%, 25th

Season Record vs Los Angeles: 2-2-0

Injury Updates

Josh Manson(upper-body injury) did not play on Saturday night and will no suit up tonight.

Jakob Silfverberg had hip surgery(torn labrum) and will be out for 4-6 months. According to GM Bob Murray, it had been an injury that was nagging him on and off for the last two years.

Sonny Milano(IR upper-body) has been practicing, but it’s unclear when he will return.

Hampus Lindholm(wrist) is on the LTIR with a fractured wrist and it appears he will be shut down for the season.

Carter Rowney had knee surgery and will be out for 4-6 months. He had a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. He was placed on the LTIR.

Taxi Squad:

David Backes
Simon Benoit
Sam Carrick
Kodie Curran
Trevor Zegras

Projected Lineup

Offense:
Max Comtois – Isac Lundestrom – Rickard Rakell
Max JonesSam Carrick – Troy Terry
Danton HeinenSam SteelAlexander Volkov
Nicolas Deslauriers – Derek GrantRyan Getzlaf

Defense:
Cam Fowler – Andy Welinski
Haydn Fleury – Jamie Drysdale
Jacob Larsson – Kevin Shattenkirk

In Net:
Anthony Stolarz 3-2-0, 2.29 GAA , SV% .928 (Confirmed)

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Los Angeles Outlook

The Kings, like the Ducks, have had a rough season. They are five points ahead of the Ducks in the West Division, but they do have several games in hand. LA is currently on a two game losing streak and has gone 3-7-0 in their last 10 games.

By The Numbers:

Dustin Brown leads the team in scoring with 16 goals.

Goals For Per Game: 2.64, 23rd in NHL
Goals Against Per Game: 3.00, 19th
Power Play Efficiency: 20.3%, 16th
Penalty Kill Efficiency: 83.9%, 6th
Corsi For: 49.00%, 16th 
Fenwick For: 49.28%, 15th

Season Record vs Anaheim: 2-1-1

Projected Lineup 

Offense
Alex IafalloAnze KopitarDustin Brown
Adrian Kempe – Blake LizotteTrevor Moore
Austin Wagner – Gabriel VilardiAndreas Athanasiou
Brendan LemieuxJaret Anderson-Dolan

Defense
Tobias BjornfotDrew Doughty
Michael Anderson –  Matt Roy
Olli MaattaSean Walker
Kurtis MacDermid

In Net:
Jonathan Quick 8-9-2, GAA 3.06, SV% .890 (Confirmed)

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