DUCKS (38-10-5) at KINGS (29-17-6)
(2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium)
TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS2
Last 10: Anaheim 8-2-0; Los Angeles 4-4-2
Season series: Anaheim and Los Angeles play the third game of the five-game 2013-14 Freeway Faceoff as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series tonight at Dodger Stadium. Anaheim is 50-41-23 all-time against Los Angeles and has outscored its Pacific Division rival, 323-314 (shootout goals excluded). Teemu Selanne leads the Ducks in career scoring vs. the Kings, earning 118 points (52g/66a) in 104 games. Captain Ryan Getzlaf has points in five of his last six games (3g/2a) vs. Los Angeles dating to Mar. 16, 2012.
Big story: The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is finally here. This game at Dodger Stadium is the first of four in the series and the first NHL outdoor game played in a warm-weather climate. The layout of the event features not only the rink in the middle of the field at Dodger Stadium, but a beach volleyball court in left field, palm trees in center field, a stage in right field for two performances by KISS, and a roller hockey rink in the area by home plate.
The NHL-leading Ducks, who have never played an outdoor game in the 20-year history of the franchise, have gone 20-3-0 in their last 23 games. The team is 9-2-0 on the road and 11-1-0 at Honda Center during the current 23-game stretch. Anaheim has 11 comeback wins in the last 23 games, four of those from two-goal deficits. The Ducks are 14-1-2 vs. the Pacific Division and a league-best 22-5-2 (.793 points %) vs. the Western Conference.
At 38-10-5 for 81 points, Anaheim is riding its best start to a season through 53 games, improving upon the previous mark of 32-12-8 for 72 points in 2006-07. The Ducks have also scored the most goals (177) and allowed the fewest (126) through 53 games in club history. Anaheim has gone a league-best 15-for-50 (30.0) on the power play in January and has also killed 36-of-41 power play opportunities (87.8) for the NHL's fourth-best mark this month. Following tonight’s contest, the Ducks return to Honda Center to open a season-tying five-game homestand beginning Tuesday vs. Minnesota (7 p.m.).
Ducks: Anaheim rebounded from its first regulation loss of the season on home ice (Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets) to beat the Kings in a physical game Thursday at Honda Center. Frederik Andersen made 30 saves and the Ducks got second-period goals from Dustin Penner and Patrick Maroon in a span of 4:02.
After practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Cam Fowler said he expects the ice withstand the rigors of a hard skate tonight. “It was good,” he said. “It was really good. There are some differences in the Honda Center or wherever you play, but all in all, it shouldn’t have a big effect on the game.”
Fowler said he tried to soak in the atmosphere as much as he could as he stepped out of the visiting dugout. “I was just trying to take it all in. First, I was trying to get my bearings and look around to see where home plate is.
"Just looking at the different seats and trying to get a feel for how it’s going to be for them watching the game. Then, just getting on the ice and getting used to it all."
Kings: The Kings' struggles continued Thursday as they lost their fourth straight game, including their third in a row in regulation. They are 0-3-1 in their past four games and just 4-9-2 in their past 15.
"We should have some fire in our belly and be upset," forward Justin Williams said.
This is considered a home game for the Kings, who have been on the road since Jan. 16 because the music industry is taking over Staples Center for the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Their road trip will continue Monday at the San Jose Sharks and Tuesday at the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings won't play their next true home game until Thursday, when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to Staples Center.
Who's hot: Ducks right wing Corey Perry hasn't gone two games in a row without a point since Nov. 20-22. He has 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in the past 28 games. Center Nick Bonino has points in three straight games (1g/3a) and nine of his past 12 (6g/8a). ... Kings center Anze Kopitar has points in six of the past eight games and left wing Dwight King had points in back-to-back games.
Injury report: Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body) is out. ... Kings defenseman Matt Greene (concussion) is out indefinitely.
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