Game 68 Preview: Anaheim at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (38-23-6) vs Anaheim Ducks (44-16-7)
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. PT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #40 Steve Kozari, #26 Rob Martell
Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #83 Matt MacPherson
Fox Sports West, KEIB 1150 AM

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Martin Jones*
2013-14 Season: 15 GP (14 GS) / 10-4-0 record / 1.89 GAA / .933 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Anaheim: 1 (1) / 1-0-0 / 1.87 / .929 / 0
Last Game vs Anaheim: 12/3/13 / 64 MP / 26-28 + 9/9 shots / 3-2 SOW
2013-14, Home: 6 (5) / 4-1-0 / 1.40 / .941 / 2
*The Kings do not announce their starting goaltenders, and Jonathan Quick has been sick, per Darryl Sutter. Because he hasn’t been on the ice for the last two days, Martin Jones is the projected starter.

Anaheim Projected Starting Goaltender – Frederik Andersen*
2013-14 Season: 21 GP (18 GS) /15-4-0 record / 2.28 GAA / .922 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 1 (1) / 1-0-0 / 1.00 / .968 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 1/23/13 / 60 MP / 30-31 shots / 2-1 W
2013-14, Away: 10 (9) / 7-2-0 / 2.57 / .904 / 0
*Anaheim did not hold a full morning skate on Saturday. Because the Ducks are playing on the second night of a back to back and Jonas Hiller started last night in Colorado, Frederik Andersen is the projected starter.

2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (21-35=56)
Goals: Jeff Carter (24-19=43)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (21-35=56)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+26; 21-35=56)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (70; 3-3=6)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:55; 8-26=34)

2013-14 Anaheim Leaders
Total Points: Ryan Getzlaf (29-44=73)
Goals: Corey Perry (36-31=67)
Assists: Ryan Getzlaf (29-44=73)
Plus/Minus: Ryan Getzlaf (+26; 29-44=73), Corey Perry (+26; 36-31=67)
Penalty Minutes: Tim Jackman (94; 3-1=4)
Time On Ice: Cam Fowler (23:54; 6-30=36)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-26 / 2.36; ANA – 3 / 3.19
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 2.06; ANA – t-7 / 2.46
Power Play: LAK – 25 / 14.7%; ANA – 20 / 16.6%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 12 / 82.9%; ANA – t-13 / 82.1%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-8 / 31.3; ANA – t-8 / 31.3
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 26.5; ANA – 8 / 28.4
Faceoffs: LAK – t-2 / 52.9%; ANA – 22 / 49.0%
Save Percentage: LAK – 2 / .922; ANA – t-12 / .913


Los Angeles Projected Lines

Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Tanner Pearson – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis – Jordan Nolan

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

Martin Jones
Jonathan Quick

Level of confidence in projected lines: C-. Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown are sick, per Darryl Sutter, and are questionable for tonight’s game. Because neither player skated yesterday or this morning, they are not listed in the projected lineup. Should Brown not be able to play, it is likely that Tyler Toffoli will flip over to his natural right side and drop down a line, while Tanner Pearson will enter the lineup and potentially see time alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 53-42-20 all-time against Anaheim, a record that includes a home mark of 32-16-9. The Kings have won the last five meetings at Staples Center, where they haven’t met since April 13. The teams will close out the season series in Downtown L.A. on April 12, the Kings’ final regular season game. … With 170 career wins, Jonathan Quick is one win behind Rogie Vachon’s club record 171 wins in a Kings uniform. … Darryl Sutter has amassed 499 career wins, tying Terry Murray for 18th place on the NHL’s all-time list. He trails Toe Blake (500) by one win and Pat Burns (501) by two wins. With 1,024 games coached, he trails his brother Brian Sutter (1,028) by four games for 17th place on the NHL’s all-time regular season games coached list. … The Kings have allowed eight even strength goals, six power play goals and one shorthanded goal over the last nine games. … The Kings are 6-for-25 on the power play over the last eight games and have gone 19-for-21 on the penalty kill, dating back to the third period in Colorado on February 26. … With 161 career assists, Drew Doughty is two assist behind Marty McSorley (163 assists) for fifth place amongst defensemen in club history. … Anze Kopitar has 13 points (5-8=13) in his last 10 games and has 44 points (16-28=44) in 43 career games against Anaheim.


Anaheim Projected Lines

Patrick Maroon – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Daniel Winnik – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey – Mathieu Perreault – Jakob Silfverberg
Kyle Palmieri – Nick Bonino – Tim Jackman

Francois Beauchemin – Hampus Lindholm
Luca Sbisa – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Mark Fistric

Frederik Andersen
Jonas Hiller

Notes and milestones: Lines via correspondent Curtis Zupke … Cam Fowler suffered a lower body injury in last night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche and is questionable for tonight. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau has previously said that he does not intend to have Stephane Robidas, out since November 29 with a broken leg, make his Anaheim debut against Los Angeles. … Teemu Selanne has played in both ends of back-to-back games only once this season: November 14 and 15 at Tampa Bay and Carolina. … The Ducks are a league-best 18-12-2 when their opponent scores first. No other NHL team owns a .500-or-better record when allowing the first goal. … Corey Perry’s 36 goals through 67 games are the most of his career. He had 22 goals through 67 games in his 2010-11 Hart Trophy campaign. Since the start of 2010-11, Perry’s 31 game-winning goals are five more than any other NHL player has recorded. … Andrew Cogliano is the fifth player in NHL history to play 500 straight games from the start of his NHL career. With 525 consecutive games, his streak is the league’s second-longest active streak, trailing only St. Louis’ Jay Bouwmeester (701 consecutive games played). Doug Jarvis holds the NHL record with 964 consecutive games played.


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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.