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The Anaheim Ducks have had some trouble scoring in their last two games versus the Los Angeles Kings. It hasn't been nearly as bad, however, as their rivals to the north have endured during that span.
Having recorded shutouts in each of their last two games versus the Kings, the Ducks try for a third straight victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night in the opener of a home-and-home series between the southern California clubs.
Anaheim (20-15-5) has scored three goals in its last two contests against Los Angeles, which has gone scoreless against the Kings after posting a 6-3 win at Staples Center on Oct. 14. Jonas Hiller made 29 saves in the Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Kings on Nov. 16 in the teams' most recent meeting.
Los Angeles (16-16-6) has been shut out a league-leading six times this season, including twice in the last seven games.
Hiller, who is 9-6-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average backing up All-Star starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere, could be back in net after saving 29 shots in a 2-0 win over Phoenix on Sunday for his third shutout of the season.
"I just try to do my best every game I can play," Hiller told the Ducks' official Web site. "It's great that it worked out that well. I'm happy for me and happy for the team to get those two points because they were really important."
Hiller is 3-0-0 with a 0.56 GAA in his career versus Los Angeles.
Bobby Ryan and Chris Pronger each scored power-play goals Sunday for Anaheim, which avoided a third consecutive loss while improving to 4-5-2 since last winning two straight from Dec. 7-10.
"(Sunday) was our best team effort that we've had," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
Ryan also added an assist while All-Star Scott Niedermayer had two for Anaheim. Ryan has three goals and eight assists in his last eight contests.
Pronger scored in Anaheim's 1-0 overtime win at Los Angeles on Nov. 4. The teams play at Staples on Thursday.
Six different Kings had goals in their October win over Anaheim, including Wayne Simmonds, who scored in regulation of a 2-1 shootout victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Patrick O'Sullivan, who also scored versus the Ducks, and Dustin Brown registered goals in the shootout.
Jon Quick made 31 saves against the Flyers and has a 0.79 GAA in five starts since giving up five goals at Detroit on Dec. 20, and has stopped all but four of 132 shots during this stretch - including two shutouts.
"Quick has done very well in all the games he has played," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "I can't speak for him, but I can imagine that he is feeling pretty good about himself. But he has to stay grounded because he has development ahead of him."
The rookie is 3-3-0 with a 1.59 GAA this season, but has never faced the Ducks.
Anaheim has won five in a row at home versus Los Angeles.
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