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Morning Report: Ducks, Kings Close Out Season Series

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 9:00 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks, Kings Close Out Season Series
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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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