The Anaheim Ducks are off to a fast start, thanks to a schedule that's been heavy on home games in the early going.
The Ducks look to carry their success at the Honda Center to the road when they visit the area rival Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.
Anaheim (5-0-2) has played six of its first seven games at home. The Ducks, who opened the season with a 4-3 home victory over the Kings (3-4-1) on Oct. 6, haven't played on the road since defeating Phoenix 2-1 on Oct. 7.
Four of the Ducks' next five contests, though, will be away from Anaheim.
The Ducks won their second straight Friday night, 2-1 over previously unbeaten Minnesota.
"They did some things that forced us a little bit out of our comfort zone," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "But we found a way to get our game going in the second period."
Scott Niedermayer and Sean O'Donnell scored in the second for the Ducks, who outshot the Wild 15-7 in the period.
Anaheim was shut out on the power play for just the second time Friday. The Ducks remain one of the league's best with the man advantage, converting 25 percent (10-of-40) of their opportunities.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 27 shots against the Wild, and is 4-0-2 with a 1.77 goals-against average this season. He made a season-high 41 saves against Los Angeles on Oct. 6 to win his third straight against them, and is 4-0-2 with a 2.27 GAA against the Kings since the start of last season.
The Ducks will be trying to win six consecutive games over Los Angeles for the first time since April 18, 1998-March 18, 1999.
Right wing Teemu Selanne, off to a slow start this season with one goal and five assists, will be facing the team against which he has posted his highest point total. Selanne had two assists against Los Angeles in the season opener to give him 84 points in 68 games against the Kings.
Selanne has a seven-game point streak against Los Angeles, with four goals and 10 assists during that span.
Ducks center Andy McDonald has a point in nine straight games against Los Angeles, recording three goals and 13 assists in those contests.
Like the Ducks, the Kings' schedule has also been loaded with home games, but they have been unable to take advantage.
Los Angeles went 26-14-1 at the Staples Center last season, but is 2-3-1 there this season and has been outscored 13-4 during its current four-game home losing streak. The Kings have not lost five straight at home since dropping six in a row from March 16-April 2, 2004.
Los Angeles, though, defeated Phoenix 4-0 on Thursday to stop its four-game losing streak. The Kings scored three times in the first period and Mathieu Garon finished with 40 saves.
"You've got to try to win those divisional matchups," said Michael Cammalleri, who had a goal and an assist in the game. "That's going to put you in the playoffs."
The Kings went 4-for-12 on the power play after converting just of five of 59 chances in their first seven contests.
Rookie Anze Kopitar, who had a goal and an assist Friday, scored his first two NHL goals in the season opener against the Ducks.
Despite Garon's strong performance in the win over the Coyotes, top Los Angeles goalie Dan Cloutier is expected to return to the net Sunday. Cloutier is 1-3-1 with a 3.02 GAA this season, and 8-7 with three ties and a 2.10 GAA in his career against Anaheim.
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