Ducks at Kings
The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks each stumbled into their league-mandated five-game breaks but one team will snap a modest two-game skid when the Pacific Division rivals collide Saturday night in this season's third installment of the Freeway Face-Off. Host Los Angeles won the previous two meetings, with both going beyond regulation.
Anaheim had won five of six before suffering a pair of one-goal losses before the break, but finally had its injury-ravaged lineup intact at Friday's practice. "Certainly no excuses now," said defenseman Cam Fowler. "We have a full, healthy group, a veteran group with lots of experience. We need to make sure we start getting the ball rolling in the proper direction because we're going to have to, and it's going to have to happen quickly." Los Angeles has leveled off since an eight-game winning streak, losing seven of its last 11, including consecutive 4-3 losses to Calgary and Nashville entering the break. Seven of the Kings' last eight home games have been decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout win over Anaheim on Nov. 25.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), FS West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE DUCKS (19-15-9): Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano, who has the longest active streak -- and fourth-longest in history -- with 829 consecutive games played, was rewarded with a three-year contract extension Friday. Cogliano, who has not missed a game in 11 seasons, received a deal worth $9.75 million. “Cogs is such a valuable member our team and we felt it paramount to keep him,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement Friday.
ABOUT THE KINGS (24-13-5): Los Angeles is the only Western Conference team with three players named to the All-Star team with the selections of captain Anze Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and netminder Jonathan Quick. Kopitar leads the Kings with 44 points, which is just eight shy of his total from last season, and needs three goals to reach 20 for the ninth time. Doughty is averaging over 27 minutes per game and is tied for third in the league at plus-21.
1. Ducks F Rickard Rakell, the team's lone All-Star, has scored seven goals in the last eight games.
2. Quick won both starts versus the Ducks this season to improve to 19-10-7 against them.
3. Anaheim recalled RWs Ondrej Kase and Jared Boll from San Diego of the American Hockey League.