Game 17 Preview: Anaheim at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

This is the second of four meetings between Los Angeles and Anaheim this season. On February 2, the Ducks defeated the Kings 7-4 at Honda Center. After tonight, the two teams will meet on Sunday, April 7 at Honda Center and Saturday, April 13 at Staples Center.

Los Angeles has won five of six games, holding opponents to one goal in the five wins. Anaheim has won six straight games – trailing in all six – and will attempt to equal the franchise’s longest winning streak, set from February 20 to March 7, 1999. Only the Boston Bruins – who have played 15 games – have appeared in as few games as the Kings and Ducks this season. Anaheim has allowed the game’s first goal in 11 of 16 games.

The Ducks are expected to start Viktor Fasth in net. The 30-year-old rookie who spent the previous two seasons with Stockholm-based Elitserien club AIK has never faced Los Angeles in his career. Overall, Fasth is 8-0-0 with a 1.78 goals against average and .933 save percentage. He is 5-0-0 on the road with a 2.04 GAA and .928 Sv%. In his last appearance, he stopped 32 of 34 shots through overtime and two of three shots in the shootout as Anaheim concluded a 5-1-0 road trip with a 3-2 shootout win at Nashville.

The Ducks are playing the second game of a back-to-back set and of a five-games-in-seven nights portion of the schedule. Last night they defeated Colorado 4-3 in overtime on Corey Perry’s power play game-winner with 46 seconds remaining in the extra session.

Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start for the Kings. He is 11-5-2 with a 2.52 GAA and .904 Sv% lifetime against Anaheim and was pulled in the February 2 meeting between the teams after six minutes, having allowed two goals on three shots. He is 2-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .892 Sv% at home this season.

Rankings and Statistics:
Goals/Game: LAK – 21 / 2.44; ANA – 3 / 3.31
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 8 / 2.38; ANA – 14 / 2.56
Power Play: LAK – 26 / 14.1%; ANA – 4 / 26.9%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 18 / 81.4%; ANA – 28 / 74.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – 9 / 29.8; ANA – 25 / 27.6
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 24.9; ANA – t-9 / 27.9
Faceoffs: LAK – t-13 / 50.5%; ANA – 23 / 48.6%

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Trevor Lewis – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner – Jarret Stoll – Dwight King
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Keaton Ellerby – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Davis Drewiske

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Notes: Keaton Ellerby and Jake Muzzin have rotated alongside Drew Doughty over the previous three games. Rob Scuderi is a plus-6 over his last three games.

Projected Lines – Anaheim

Matt Beleskey – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan – Nick Bonino – Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano – Saku Koivu –Daniel Winnik
Patrick Maroon – Peter Holland – Kyle Palmieri

Sheldon Souray – Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Allen – Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa – Toni Lydman

Viktor Fasth
Jonas Hiller

Notes: Toni Lydman, who did not play in last night’s win over Colorado, is likely to play. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau is mindful of playing Lydman on back to back nights, meaning last night’s scratch indicates he’ll be in the lineup tonight. If he doesn’t go, Ben Lovejoy would draw back into the lineup. Francois Beauchemin recorded four assists last night and is a plus-13 in February. His plus-15 rating leads the league. Sheldon Souray ranks second in the NHL with a plus-13 rating.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.