KINGS (29-19-12) at DUCKS (38-17-7)
TV: KCOP-13, PRIME
Season series: The Anaheim Ducks have won two of three against the Los Angeles, with all three games going past regulation. The Ducks' Ryan Kesler and the Kings' Anze Kopitar each has three goals and an assist.
Kings team scope: Los Angeles will be trying to start a new winning streak after the Ottawa Senators defeated them 1-0 at Staples Center on Thursday. It was the Kings' first loss in nine games. They put defenseman Alec Martinez (concussion) on injured reserve Thursday. That move creates roster room for defenseman Andrej Sekera, who was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday and is expected to make his Kings debut in Anaheim.
Ducks team scope: Anaheim is concluding an up-and-down month of February; the Ducks are 6-5-1 after a 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Wednesday. Coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice Thursday that facing their biggest rival and one of the hottest teams in the NHL will be good for the Ducks. "It's a great test to play a team that's playing at Stanley Cup caliber to see where you stand," he said. "We'll have to compete at a very high level to stay with them, because they're on that kind of a roll right now." The Ducks exchanged forwards with their American Hockey League affiliate, recalling Chris Wagner from Norfolk and sending William Karlsson to the Admirals. They also announced that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his home in Philadelphia for the rest of the season rather than reporting to Norfolk.