For the first of three times this preseason, the Kings and Ducks will faceoff in Orange County on Sunday night. In an interesting twist, all three games will be played in different buildings. The bookend games will be held at Honda Center and Crypto Arena, while next Friday’s matchup will take place at the home of the San Diego Gulls — Anaheim’s AHL club.
Much is going to change between this initial contest and the middle game coming up in five days. With the Kings having opened their 2023 exhibition schedule in Australia, many of the names donning LA sweaters tonight will not be familiar to the casual fan. The assembled group, to be coached by AHL Ontario bench boss Marco Sturm, will largely be comprised of prospects and Reign regulars.
Come Thursday, the players who were Down Under participating in this weekend’s Global Series will be back stateside and returning to practice at Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo. Many of them are also expected to suit up for the game in San Diego.
What about Brandt Clarke?
After not traveling with the Kings to Australia due to a shoulder injury, he did join the SoCal Training Camp group when things kicked off last Thursday.
According to our sources, the 20-year-old rookie will not play vs. the Ducks on Sunday. However, he has not been ruled out yet for the game against Vegas on Wednesday.
Kings Projected Lineup vs. Ducks:
Hudon – Tynan – Laferriere
Madden – Pinelli – Chromiak
Lee – Maltsev – Ziemmer
Ward – Helenius – Hodgson
Krygier – Santini
Booth – Hicketts
Connauton – Wylie
Key Game Info
Puck drop is set for 5:00 pm PT and will be streamed at AnaheimDucks.com, using the San Diego Gulls announcing team of Aaron Cooney and Emerson Etem.
Across the Ice
This will be the first game for new Ducks head coach Greg Cronin, who was hired in the offseason to replace Dallas Eakins.
Anaheim’s projected lineup from today’s morning skate includes their top selection from this past June’s NHL Draft, Leo Carlsson, who went second overall.
Ducks lines this AM (in no particular order):
— Derek Lee (@Derek_Lee27) September 24, 2023
On This Day in Kings History
On September 24, 2005, @LAKings center Jeremy Roenick kept fans entertained during a long delay at Frozen Fury. Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for the #LAKings, and Jason LaBarbera made 20 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche.#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/TsGBhI0YSK
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 24, 2023
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