Morning Report: Ducks, Kings Close Out Season Series

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Morning Report: Ducks, Kings Close Out Season Series
The Ducks will have a chance to clinch first place in the Western Conference tonight against the rival Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks will have a chance to clinch first place in the Western Conference tonight against the rival Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

All that’s needed is a point earned in their final two games, thanks to regulation losses from St. Louis and Colorado last night. The Ducks, who clinched the Pacific Division on Wednesday in an emotional 5-2 victory over San Jose at Honda Center, have never finished atop the West in the franchise’s 20-year history.

“You set goals at the beginning of the year,” said forward Matt Beleskey. “We won the division and now have a shot at the conference. That’s something huge for us, but it’s not all we’re looking at. We’re trying to gear ourselves up. If we play the right way, things seem to happen for us.”

Defenseman Stephane Robidas says finishing in first place would mean a lot to a Ducks squad that’s been at – or near - the top of the conference for the entire season.

“I came here and the team was doing really well,” he said. “I feel like I don’t have a big part of it. It’s the guys who have been here all year, who have worked so hard to be No. 1. They’ve been No. 1 in the league for a long time. I’ve just been here for a few weeks, but it would still mean a lot for me, too.”

In their way are the Kings, who will finish the regular season third in the Pacific with a first-round matchup with the second-place Sharks.

“We expect a normal game against the Kings,” said Beleskey. “It’s going to be tight checking and hard hitting. That’s how it always is. We want to roll into the playoffs, so it’s going to be a good game.”

The Ducks have found success against the Kings this season, having won the last three games of the season series (3-0-1). Their most recent victory (2-1) came on March 15 at Staples Center.

“It’s going to a tough game,” said Robidas. “It’s a good team and a division rival. Those two points mean a lot. We clinched the division and now we’d like to finish first in the conference. But we know they’re not going to give it to us.

“It’s a team we could possibly face in the second round of the playoffs. It’s going to be a big one, for sure.”

THREE GOALIES, TWO GAMES
Boudreau didn’t reveal to the media who he chose to start the final two games of the season. With three goalies on the roster, he admits it’s a day-to-day process.

“The math doesn’t work there,” he said of his three goaltenders. “I’ve told all the goalies that it’s a game-by-game situation. I told them who’s starting [Saturday]. We’ll re-evaluate after the game, and then we’ll take it from there.”

DUCKS-KINGS
The Ducks lead the 2013-14 Freeway Faceoff with a 3-0-1 record, having won the last three games of the season series. Anaheim is 52-41-23 all-time against Los Angeles and has outscored its Pacific Division rival, 328-315 (shootout goals excluded). Ryan Getzlaf has points in six of his last eight games (3g/3a) vs. Los Angeles dating to March 16, 2012. This season, Corey Perry leads the team in scoring (2g/2a) against the Kings and co-leads in goals with Patrick Maroon (2g).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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