Kings at Ducks
The Los Angeles Kings hope to put an end to their season-high losing streak and exact some revenge at the same time when they visit the Pacific Division-rival Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Los Angeles has dropped five in a row overall and is coming off a 3-1 setback against Pittsburgh on Thursday in the finale of a winless four-game homestand that included a 4-2 defeat to Anaheim.
Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings against the Penguins, giving him three tallies and two assists in his last seven contests. Anaheim is seeking its fourth consecutive home victory after skating past Pittsburgh 5-3 on Wednesday behind a four-goal second period. Rickard Rakell scored his club-high 16th goal in the victory to raise his team-leading total to 33 points while Ondrej Kase recorded a tally and an assist for his second multi-point performance in three contests. The 22-year-old Kase has scored the decisive goal in each of the Ducks' last two victories and has five game-winners among his 17 career tallies.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
ABOUT THE KINGS (24-16-5): Jake Muzzin returned to the lineup Thursday after missing three games with an upper-body injury, recording an assist in 19 minutes, 45 seconds of ice time. Captain Anze Kopitar notched an assist against the Penguins to increase his team-leading total to 46 points. The 30-year-old Slovenian has been kept off the scoresheet only once in his last six games, registering a goal and five assists in that stretch.
ABOUT THE DUCKS (21-16-9): Captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded his 600th career assist Wednesday, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach the plateau. The 32-year-old has landed on the scoresheet in 12 of his last 15 contests, collecting three goals and 16 assists in that span. Defenseman Cam Fowler ranks eighth on the team's all-time list in games played with 528 as he passed Samuel Pahlsson on Wednesday.
1. Kings D Drew Doughty has gone six games without a goal, remaining one shy of 100 for his career.
2. Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm is tied with Chris Pronger for sixth place on the franchise goal list among defensemen with 36.
3. Los Angeles LW Kyle Clifford's next contest will be his 500th in the NHL.