Tuesday hosts the first edition of the Freeway Faceoff this season. As the Los Angeles Kings (17-12-5) take on the Anaheim Ducks (9-20-3) at Crypto.com Arena.
Puck drops at 7:30.
Perhaps the most used term surrounding the Kings this season has been "inconsistency." And the Kings are hoping to put that behind them with a third straight win. While the Ducks, sit just above the Chicago Blackhawks at the bottom of the league. And are coming off back-to-back regulation wins for the first time all season.
It will be Pheonix Copley in net tonight, starting his fourth straight game. It appears the starting position is fully in his hands now as Cal Petersen continues to find himself in Ontario.
This will also be the first regulation game against the Ducks for Kevin Fiala.
"For me, it's just another game," said Fiala. "Obviously, there is history there but I think we should treat it like every other game."
Todd McLellan was clear the Kings won't be taking the Ducks lightly despite their place in the standings.
"Same preparation for our staff," said McLellan. "It should be the same preparation for the players. There's no need to look at standings and increase or decrease your preparation. If you have a routine, standings should not affect it. And, they're our rival, this is not going to be an easy game. And if anyone expects it to be, shame on them because it will show up tonight."
The Kings have a chance to string together wins and start to put that inconsistent label behind them tonight. But the Ducks won't make it easy on them.
Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Kevin Fiala-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Alex Iafallo
Arthur Kaliyev-Blake Lizotte-Viktor Arvidsson
Jaret Anderson-Dolan-Rasmus Kupari-Gabe Vilardi
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Jordan Spence
Expected Anaheim Ducks Lines:
Adam Henrique-Trevor Zegras-Troy Terry
Frank Vatrano-Ryan Strome-Jakob Silfverberg
Maxime Comtois-Mason McTavish-Brett Leason
Jayson Megna-Sam Carrick-Colton White
Cam Fowler-Dmitry Kulikov
Simon Benoit-John Klingberg
Urho Vaakanainen-Kevin Shatternkirk
Olle Eriksson Ek
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 28-121, 23.14%, 14th in NHL
Los Angeles King Penalty Kill: 34-117, 70.94, 28th in NHL
Anaheim Ducks Power Play: 14-81, 15.91%, 28th in NHL
Anaheim Ducks Penalty Kill: 38-116, 67.24%, 31st in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pre-Game Notes:
- The Kings are 3-0 in shootouts this season.
- Anze Kopitar has 2,996 career shots on goal. Only three LA Kings skaters have eclipsed 3,000 shots in their career with the Kings: Marcel Dionne (3,848), Dustin Brown (3,360) and Luc Robitaille (3,091).
- Pheonix Copley has four wins in five starts this season with a 2.71 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. With his secondary assist on Phillip Danault’s first-period goal Saturday night versus San Jose, Copley become the 13th different goaltender to record a point this season.
- With one more goal, Matt Roy can establish a new career-high of five goals. Prior to this season, his previous career-high was four established in 70 games during the 2019-20 season.
- The Kings are 11-1 when leading after two periods of play this season.
How to Watch:
TV: Bally Sports West, ESPN+; Radio: iHeartRadio, Tu Liga