Ducks at Kings Freeway Faceoff – pregame primer

Tonight will be game number 103 between the Kings and Ducks.

Last year, Anaheim took the season series four games to two.

Through 17 games played by each team, the scales are titled towards the Kings – they have more wins (8 to 6), points (19 to 15), have scored more goals per game (2.41 to a league low 2.00), given up fewer goals per game (2.24 to 2.82), have a better power play (20.3% conversion to 13.6) and have won a greater percentage of faceoffs (51.9% to 46.6%).

What does all of that mean? Not much. The Ducks come in having won the last three games played between the two clubs, including the last two in Los Angeles.

Don’t expect a heavyweight fight tonight either. George Parros is out recovering from eye surgery. Kevin Westgarth will be a healthy scratch.  (If you want to read a great story about Parros and a Chewbacca suit when he was a Kings prospect playing in Manchester, click here.)

Over the summer, Mike Richards was on MayorsManor talking about his relationship with Corey Perry (here) – which followed up Bobby Ryan talking about his friendship with several Kings players (here) the previous off season.

Still, don’t expect a love fest out on the ice. The tension has been growing between these two teams over the last few years.

Pregame Points:

– Jack Johnson has 23 hits against the Ducks, more than he’s recorded against any other NHL team.

Anze Kopitar scored his first career goal against the Ducks – in his first NHL game – back on October 6, 2006.  He’s gone on to score a total of 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 30 games versus Anaheim.

– Five Kings forwards don’t know much about the Ducks.  Richards has only played them six times (one goal, four assists).  Eight games for winger Simon Gagne (three goals, five assists).  Colin Fraser has seen them 12 times, but has only two assists to show for it.  Trent Hunter has played in six games against the Ducks, picking up three points (two goals, one assist).

– Russians Andrei Loktionov and Slava Voynov haven’t played a single minutes against the Ducks in a regular season NHL game. They did see the Ducks during pre-season this year, with Loktionov scoring a goal in a 3-1 loss.

– The official hashtag on twitter tonight is #FreewayFaceoff – use it when talking about the game and watch SoCal hockey top the trend chart.

– We’ll also have a special contest tonight, open to all Kings and Ducks fans.  Before the puck drops at 7:30 pm PST, post your guess for the final score tonight in the comments section below (using your facebook profile or by signing in to the website – either way, it’s super easy).  One random winner will be selected from all correct guesses and they’ll win a free t-shirt from Glass Bangers.  Good luck!

To get you ready for the game, be sure to check out a few of the other Kings-Ducks articles that have appeared on MayorsManor over the last season or so…

Kings vs Ducks: the first time it mattered this much

Kings prospect Ray Kaunisto calls Ducks fan ‘a lost cause’

In the plans:  LA Kings vs Anaheim Ducks outdoor game

LA Kings players on favorite moments in Anaheim

Dustin Penner on the Penner Cup – Kings vs. Ducks, March 2011

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

order here –> MayorsManor Store
View the store to see full line of shirts for men and women, dozen of styles and colors

Recent Articles

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings MVP, Gaborik Injury, Sharks Rivalry

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon, to discuss the Kings and Sharks. Some of the topics touched on included: Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Nic Dowd, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Quick, Peter Budaj, roster moves, injuries, […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven, Davis, Bernstein, Pagnotta after Kings-Ducks

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven and Jonathan Davis on NHL Network Radio following the Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, where they were joined by Dennis Bernstein and Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period magazine, as well as actor Michael Rosenbaum, and a host of other special guests. Some of the topics discussed […]

Kings – Pacific Division Pretender Or Contender?

There’s an old adage in hockey that says you can’t win a division in the first month of the season, but you sure can lose it. Through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the LA Kings may not be eliminated from Pacific Division contention, but the road to the title is going to be […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Dave Duckhater says: