Although it certainly feels like Game 80 of the 82-game regular season, if you’re also sensing you didn’t get your full feel of Kings-Ducks this season, there’s actually a pretty good reason.
The cross-town rivals have only played three times thus far this season, and tonight will cap their four-game season series. Through the years, Anaheim and LA have typically played each other way more often. However, through league expansion, four games appears to be the new norm; it’s been that way since the 2018-19 season. It’s certainly different than the way it was over the first 25 years of the rivalry.
Heading into what will be Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf’s last game in Downtown LA, the Kings will look to stay with the same lineup they used to defeat the Blackhawks.
Here’s a thought — could this be Dustin Brown’s last regular season game in Crypto.com Arena? It’s possible.
LA KINGS PROJECTED LINEUP vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS
Athanasiou – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Iafallo – Lizotte – Brown
Grundstrom – Byfield – Kaliyev
Other options: Andersson, Kupari, Lemieux, Vilardi
Edler – Roy
Moverare – Durzi
Maatta – Spence
Other options: Bjornfot, Stecher, Strand
IR: Anderson, Doughty
KINGS DAILY QUESTION
Your #GoKingsGo question of the day…
Favorite moment in the Kings-Ducks rivalry?
— The Mayor | John Hoven (@mayorNHL) April 23, 2022
VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Getzlaf comes into his final road game with momentum on his side. Four assists in his last three games have pushed Getzlaf ahead of Bernie Nicholls for 49th in NHL history (735).
In his career, Getzlaf has 59 points (including 19 goals) in 84 games vs. the Kings.
Our Captain has done a lot in his 17-year NHL career, but how much of it does he remember?
We gave him a career quiz to find out.#ThankYouGetz pic.twitter.com/nC3lJd6imj
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 22, 2022
Refs Frederick L'Ecuyer and Steve Kozari work #FlyTogether #GoKingsGo with Jonny Murray and Travis Gawryletz https://t.co/4tn53aga34 #ANA #LAK #ANAvsLAK #Ducks #LAKings #NHL
— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) April 23, 2022
KINGS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Anze Kopitar — needs 7 points to pass Dave Taylor for third on the Kings all-time scoring list
Dustin Brown — 3 goals away from passing Bernie Nicholls for fifth place in Kings franchise history
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm PST and the game will be televised on Bally Sports West.
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