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NHL on NBCSN: Kings and Ducks shine under the lights at Dodger Stadium

Jan 25, 2014, 1:26 PM EST

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NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Los Angeles Kings face the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium at 9:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Kings and Ducks are no strangers to each other. With one team in Los Angeles and the other in Orange County, it makes the setting at Dodger Stadium perfect to have a crosstown showdown of sorts.

The first of the NHL Stadium Series games gets underway tonight and for these two teams, familiarity does breed contempt. The Kings and Ducks have split their first two meetings this season with L.A. winning 3-2 in a shootout in December, but the Ducks taking a 2-1 victory at The Pond on Thursday.

The Ducks are on fire of late winning 20 of their past 23 games (20-3-0). Saying they’re “on fire” may not be putting it strong enough, but with a couple losses in their past four games, Bruce Boudreau’s squad won’t be taking it easy. Ryan Getzlaf (27) and Corey Perry (25) are tied as the highest-scoring tandem in the league with 52 goals with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Toss in secondary scorers like Dustin Penner, Teemu Selanne, and Saku Koivu (who’s done the outdoor game thing before) and you’ve got a loaded team.

The Kings will try to stifle the Ducks with their defensive style and having potential Team USA Olympic starter Jonathan Quick in goal makes it a little easier to do. Since returning from a groin injury on January 4, Quick is 4-3-2 with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage with one shutout. Those are the kinds of numbers you need if you want to start in Sochi, but the losses have piled up lately (losing four in a row) and the lack of offense can be blamed for that.

One player who hasn’t suffered from a lack of production is Jeff Carter. He has four goals in his past five games and nine points in the past 11 games. The Ducks kept him off the board on Thursday and he’ll be hoping to put a dent in Jonas Hiller and give the Kings a win on what’s almost home ice for them at Chavez Ravine.

More than anything Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and the rest of the Kings need wins. They’re 4-9-2 in their past 15 games and sit 17 points behind the Ducks in the Pacific Division.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    ‘Quick is 4-3-2 with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage with one shutout”

    Not sure what is more impressive. His GAA and save% numbers or the fact that he lost 5 of 9 while posting those numbers.

  2. qauzaq - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    The Kings really need a win more than anything tonight. But it should be a fun event!

    GKG!

  3. Stiller43 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Wtf is the game at 9:30et on a saturday? Can no one in cali get to the stadium before 6:30 local time?

    Or do they just not want it during the hottest part of the day?

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      That’s exactly why. I’m actually surprised they didn’t make it an hour sooner, though. With the whole beach theme, you’d think they want to at least see the sunset. It would still be pretty hot here, but there is definitely a window where they could have had a sunset without the sun in their eyes.

  4. sportsinhd - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I’m sure they don’t want the sun shining down on the ice since it’ll be about 80 degrees in Southern California today. And it’s nice to see a sports entity accommodate the West Coast. It doesn’t always have to be about the Eastern Time Zone, as someone who lives out here I’ll take a 6:30 start time any day of the week.

  5. penguins87and71 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    I’m defiantly staying up late to watch this game. I have no problem with the game starting at 9:30 PM ET, I love late night hockey!

  6. c9castine - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    i hate to be cynical but this game is joke. kiss? wtf for?? is this the nfl now?

    embarrassing.

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