Game 53 Preview: Anaheim at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (29-17-6) vs Anaheim Ducks (38-10-5)
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m. PT
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #23 Brad Watson, #28 Chris Lee
Linesmen: #91 Don Henderson, #55 Shane Heyer
NBC Sports Network, KLAC 570 AM, KEIB 1150 AM
FOX Sports West pre-game coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.; post-game coverage begins immediately following the game

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2013-14 Season: 25 GP (25 GS) / 14-8-2 record / 2.09 GAA / .916 Sv% / 2 SHO
Career vs Anaheim: 23 GP (23 GS) / 13-6-2 / 2.41 / .907 / 1
Last Game vs Anaheim: 1/23/14 / 59 MP / 19-21 shots / 1-2 L
2013-14, Away: 15 (15) / 10-4-1 / 2.05 / .913 / 2

Anaheim Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonas Hiller
2013-14 Season: 34 GP (34 GS) / 23-6-4 record / 2.41 GAA / .912 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 20 (18 ) / 8-8-3 / 2.43 / .923 / 2
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 12/3/13 / 65 MP / 26/28 shots + 8/9 SO / 2-3 SOL
2013-14, Home: 16 (16) / 9-5-2 / 2.89 / .890 / 0

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2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (14-27=41)
Goals: Jeff Carter (20-13=33)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (14-27=41)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+23; 14-27=41)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (58; 3-2=5)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:58; 7-20=27)

2013-14 Anaheim Leaders
Total Points: Ryan Getzlaf (25-34=59)
Goals: Corey Perry (27-29=56)
Assists: Ryan Getzlaf (25-34=59)
Plus/Minus: Corey Perry (+24; 27-29=56)
Penalty Minutes: Tim Jackman (84; 2-1=3)
Time On Ice: Cam Fowler (23:56; 6-23=29)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 25 / 2.42; ANA – 3 / 3.34
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 2.04; ANA – t-6 / 2.38
Power Play: LAK – 25 / 14.7%; ANA – 14 / 19.0%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-6 / 84.2%; ANA – 14 / 82.3%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-8 / 31.3; ANA – 7 / 31.7
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-3 / 27.2; ANA – t-5 / 27.8
Faceoffs: LAK – 3 / 53.1%; ANA – 21 / 49.0%
Save Percentage: LAK – 2 / .925; ANA – 10 / .915

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Los Angeles Projected Lines

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

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Robyn Regehr – Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Level of confidence in projected lines: B-.
Matt Greene and Jeff Schultz remained on the ice for extra work after the morning skate, so they’re likely out tonight. The biggest lineup question revolves around whether Tyler Toffoli will draw into tonight’s game. One spot in which he could be inserted is the right wing on Colin Fraser’s line. The fourth line was a minus-1 on Thursday, and Sutter has previously hinted at changes to the fourth line and third defensive pairing when making game-to-game adjustments. A counterpoint is that he has also avoided putting younger players in situations in which they’re not earning consistent minutes. Don’t be surprised if all forwards on the active roster take part in warm-ups.

Notes and milestones: The Kings are 53-41-20 all-time against the Ducks, a record that includes a 32-15-9 record at home. Los Angeles is 6-2-1 against Anaheim in the nine games since Darryl Sutter took over as head coach. … The Kings are 10-4-1 against the Pacific Division. … In 42 career games against Anaheim, Anze Kopitar has 44 points (16-28=44). … Trevor Lewis has assists in back-to-back games and four points (2-2=4) in the last five. … No King has recorded more than one point in the two-game season series to this point. … Los Angeles has allowed two goals or fewer in 29 of the last 37 games. They have scored more than two goals four times in the last 16 games. … Drew Doughty has 13 points (2-11=13) and a plus-13 rating over the last 23 games. … Mike Richards will play his 150th consecutive game tonight. Justin Williams, who will play in his 183rd consecutive game tonight, holds the club’s active record. The all-time club record is 330 consecutive games, set by Anze Kopitar betweein March 21, 2007 and March 26, 2011. … The Kings have limited their opponents to 27 first period goals this season.

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Anaheim Projected Lines

Dustin Penner – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano – Saku Koivu – Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Beleskey – Nick Bonino – Tim Jackman

Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Mark Fistric

Jonas Hiller
Frederik Andersen

Notes and milestones: Viktor Fasth (lower body), Luca Sbisa (hand) and Sheldon Souray (wrist) are injured. … Anaheim is 16-6-1 when the opponent scores first, 14-1-2 against the Pacific Division, 20-2-5 in one-goal games, and have outscored opponents 73-42 in second periods this season. … With three points (1-2=3), Corey Perry leads all scorers in the season series. … The Ducks are 9-2-0 in their las 11 road games. With a 17-9-3 road record, they lead the NHL in road points (37) and wins. … Jonas Hiller is 14-2-0 in his last 16 appearances. … With 511 consecutive games played since debuting in the NHL, Andrew Cogliano is the fifth player in NHL history and the first since Doug Jarvis (NHL record 964 consecutive GP between 1975-76 & 1987-88) to play 500 consecutive games from the start of his NHL career. He has 99 career goals. None of his 16 goals this season have come on the power play. With 682 career goals, Teemu Selanne ranks 11th on the NHL’s all-time goal registry, eight goals behind #10 Mario Lemieux. With 1,447 points, he ranks 15th on the league’s all-time points list, 20 points behind #14 Stan Mikita. With 255 career power play goals, he ranks third on the league’s all-time power play goals list, 10 PPG behind #2 Brett Hull. He ranks fourth with 110 game-winning goals, eight behind #3 Phil Esposito and 26th in games played, four behind #25 Scott Mellanby. He has 118 points (52-66=118) in 104 games against Los Angeles. Selanne, 43 years old, is the oldest NHL player. He will represent Finland in the Olympics for the sixth time, having begun his Olympic career in the 1992 Albertville Games. He is the all-time leading Olympic scorer having tallied 37 points (20-17=37) in 31 games. … Ducks selected to participate in the Sochi Olympic Games include Selanne (Finland), Ryan Getzlaf (Canada), Corey Perry (Canada), Jakob Silfverberg (Sweden), Cam Fowler (United States) and Jonas Hiller (Switzerland). Defenseman Sami Vatanen, currently playing with AHL-Norfolk, will also play for Finland.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.