NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 9th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (27-15-2) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (18-16-7), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings continue their road trip this
evening, as they travel across town to face the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the
Tonight marks the second test of a four-game road trip for the Kings, who are
12-9-2 as the visiting team this year.
LA had held a 2-0 lead in Saturday's game in San Jose, but the Sharks came
back for the 3-2 win at HP Pavilion.
Lubomir Visnovsky netted a goal and added an assist for the Kings, who saw a
three-game winning streak come to an end. Mathieu Garon allowed three goals on
25 shots in defeat.
The Kings have struggled through significant injuries this season and
currently have forwards Jeremy Roenick (broken finger), Valeri Bure (back) and
Jeff Cowan (hamstring) on the shelf.
LA leading scorer Pavol Demitra was also added to that list on Saturday, as he
sat out against the Sharks to nurse a bruised right leg. The injury isn't
considered serious and Demitra is questionable for tonight's game.
Los Angeles has 56 points and is tied with Dallas for the Pacific Division
The Mighty Ducks have dropped two in a row, including Saturday's loss in
Minnesota. Marian Gaborik netted a goal and added an assist as the Wild
defeated Anaheim, 4-1.
Todd Fedoruk scored the lone goal for the Ducks, while Ilya Bryzgalov allowed
four goals on 36 shots in defeat.
The Ducks, who are 13-6-3 at home this year, will also host Washington during
its brief two-game stand.
Anaheim pulled off a trade Sunday, shipping forward Petr Sykora to the NY
Rangers in exchange for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev. Sykora was struggling
this season, checking in with only seven goals and 13 assists.
The Kings have won both meetings with Anaheim this season and are 6-1-1 (1
loss, 1 tie) in the last eight encounters.
01/09 11:05:38 ET