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Morning Report: Ducks, Kings Close Out Season Series

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63

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