NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 16th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (18-13-1) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (14-13-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of cross-town rivals take to the ice tonight, as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim welcome the Los Angeles Kings to the Arrowhead Pond.
The Mighty Ducks have won two of their last three games and are coming off Wednesday's victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Francois Beauchemin had a goal and two assists to lead Anaheim past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, at the Pond.
Todd Marchant and Zenon Konopka both tallied goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves for the Ducks.
The Ducks are playing the middle test of a three-game homestand. Anaheim is 11-6-2 at the Pond this season, and 5-1-0 in its last six home contests.
The Kings, meanwhile, are in the midst of a tough stretch. They have lost two of three and six of their last eight games.
LA has dropped out of first place in the Pacific Division and now trails Dallas by four points for the lead.
The Kings are coming off a loss Wednesday night versus Washington. Jamie Heward scored his second power-play goal of the game with 1:03 remaining to break a tie and lift the Capitals to a 3-2 win at the Staples Center.
Eric Belanger and Sean Avery scored for the Kings, while Jason LaBarbera made 26 saves in the loss.
LA is 7-7-1 as the visiting team this season.
This is the second matchup of the season between the Ducks and Kings. LA picked up a 3-1 victory at the Staples Center on October 25. The Kings have won the last two meetings and are 5-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last seven affairs.
Seven of the last 11 encounters have been decided by one goal or less.
12/16 10:07:45 ET