GameDay: Pretty Princesses @ Ducks

Posted: 03/16/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

Been a long day and very tired. Here is the Preview from in its entirety.

Ducks and Kings complete Freeway Face-Off series
70 GP 71
33 W 30
25 L 30
12 OT 11
78 P 71
0.557 P% 0.500
2.20 G/G 2.45
2.10 GA/G 2.68
16.5 PP% 16.4
88.2 PK% 81.9
29.8 S/G 27.9
28.1 SA/G 28.8
51.0 FO% 47.3
Date Vis/Home Final
Mar 3, 2012 ANA@LAK LAK, 4 – 2
Dec 22, 2011 ANA@LAK LAK, 3 – 2
Dec 6, 2011 LAK@ANA ANA, 3 – 2
Nov 17, 2011 LAK@ANA LAK, 5 – 3
Nov 16, 2011 ANA@LAK LAK, 2 – 1

KINGS (33-25-12) at DUCKS (30-30-11)


LAST 10: Los Angeles 6-4-0; Anaheim 4-5-1

Season Series: This is the sixth and final edition of this season’s Freeway Faceoff, which has been dominated by Los Angeles. The Kings have won all three matchups at home — two in shootouts — and have split the two games in Anaheim to take four of the first five meetings overall. Teemu Selanne is tops on the Ducks with five assists and six points, while Kings center Mike Richards leads players from both squads with four goals and seven points. L.A.’s All-Star goaltender Jonathan Quick has been in net for all five games of the season series, posting a 2.14 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.Big Story: With the Western Conference playoff picture as crowded as the 405 at rush hour, both of these teams are in dire need of points — though the Kings’ postseason hopes are much more realistic. Each club is coming off a home victory over injury-riddled Detroit, but there is still much work to be done to finish in the top eight in the West by April 7. With 78 points, Los Angeles is outside the top eight. Meanwhile, Anaheim’s playoff chances are flickering — the Ducks are 12th and would need a long winning streak to make a move.

Team Scope:

Kings: If the Kings don’t make the playoffs, they might look back to last Friday’s 4-3 loss in Detroit, in which they blew a late lead and came away with no points. However, that wasn’t the case when the teams met again on Tuesday at the Staples Center, as L.A. led wire-to-wire and posted a 5-2 victory to avoid a season sweep by the Red Wings.

“We were so disappointed in that loss because there was no way we should have given away those two points,” said Drew Doughty, who recorded his first assist in 19 games and his first multi-point night since Feb. 1. “We learned from that game, and we’re using that. … All that we can control is the games that we are winning. Hopefully some other teams lose some for us.”

Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Jeff Carter all notched a goal and an assist, and Quick made 22 saves in Los Angeles’ fifth win in seven games. After this short trip to Anaheim, the Kings play their next four games at home, where they are 18-13-4.

Ducks: A game like the Ducks played on Wednesday could leave you scratching your head and wondering how this club isn’t headed for the postseason. Led by a pair of goals from Kyle Palmieri, Anaheim shut out Detroit 4-0, blanking the Wings at home for the first time in franchise history. Jonas Hiller — in his 30th straight start — made 23 saves for his 15th career shutout and Selanne reached yet another milestone, just two days after supplanting Jari Kurri as the NHL’s all-time leading scorer from Finland. With Kurri in attendance Wednesday, Selanne registered his 1,400th career point when he gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead midway through the second period with his 23rd goal of the season. Selanne, who leads the team with 60 points at age 41, joined Jaromir Jagr and Stan Mikita as the only European-born players to hit the 1,400-point mark.

But after the game, Selanne put much of the attention on the 21-year-old Palmieri, who was recalled Monday in place of the injured Corey Perry. Palmieri, the 26th overall pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, produced his first multi-goal effort in his 23rd NHL game.

“Kyle is a great skater, and he’s got an unbelievable shot,” Selanne said. “He doesn’t really have any weaknesses. So the next step for the young guy is the confidence. He has all the tools and I’m expecting he’s going to be really, really good in this League. That was fun to watch when the young guys come in and have success.”

The win snapped a three-game skid for the Ducks, whose 2-5-1 record in their last eight has all but dropped them out of serious playoff contention. They do play five of their next six at home, though, and have won 12 of 15 at the Honda Center.

Who’s Hot: Kings captain Dustin Brown had two assists against the Wings to extend his points streak to nine games, matching a career-high. He has five goals and nine assists in that span. Carter has goals in three straight and has five goals and two assists in nine games since being traded from Columbus. … Ducks wingerBobby Ryan has points in five of his last seven with three goals and four assists in that stretch.

Injury Report: Los Angeles is still without forwards Simon Gagne (concussion) and Scott Parse (hip). … Anaheim center Nick Bonino logged nearly 14 minutes of ice-time on Wednesday after missing the prior two games with a leg injury. Both Corey Perry (shoulder) and Luca Sbisa (back spasms) have missed the last two games and are questionable for Friday, while goalie Dan Ellis (sports hernia) and Matt Smaby (right thumb) remain on IR.

Stat Pack: The Kings are 82-0-6 in their last 88 games when leading after two periods. … Los Angeles has killed 32 consecutive penalties over its last 10 games. … In Hiller’s 30 straight starts, he is 17-8-5 with a 1.90 GAA and a .927 save percentage. … With 247 career power-play goals, Selanne is one away from passing Luc Robitaille for fourth all-time.

Puck Drop: Most players deny that they have an eye on the out-of-town scoreboard this time of year. Brown is not one of them.

“We have to take care of our own game,” he said. “But with the way it is and the amount of games left, you always scoreboard-watch just because it’s so tight. Ultimately, we have to win games for us to have a chance, and that’s our main priority. Afterward, you have to worry about what happened around the League.”

  1. 1-5-0 against the Kings season. Just shoot me. Doesn’t need to be a perfect shot. I’m okay bleeding for a while.

    Updating at 4:00a.m. Getzlaf’ Hockey IQ issues were put on full display in the waning minutes of the game. The 1st unit PP, built entirely around Ryan Getzlaf, committed more turnovers than a working girl in a cat house.
    Apparently, those Hail Mary, home rune stretch passes looked far more effective on Gabby’s erasure board than on the ice.
    The guy I feel for most is Jonas Hiller. But even he is a huge question mark going forward into next season. What was that first half all about anyway? Was he still suffering from vertigo? Is he, like the team he plays on, a first half flop and second wonder?

    Can you stand a bit of good news?

    Andrew Cogliano played in his 400th consecutive game last night. Cogs hasn’t missed a game since beginning his NHL career on October 4, 2008. The game also qualifies him for the NHL pension. Personally, I’d like to see the NHL and the NHLPA cut that qualifier in half.

    Luca Sbisa has really blossomed into a quality top four D-man this season. While he’s done it before, Luca’s end to end rush last night was particularly spectacular.

    The Kings owned the alleys except when Devante Smith-Pelly was on the ice. Devo’s work along the boards, in the corners and in the low slot is reminiscent of Rob Niedermayer. And he’s got Niedermayer-like wheels on him, who by the way played for HC Lugano in Switzerland National A league this season.

    Cam Fowler logged 2:49 on the PK unit last night. This kind of trust will pay huge dividends down the road. Probably as soon as next season. I’ve really come to enjoy seeing Cam over-commit and using his hot wheels to recover. He’s making fewer and fewer of those mistakes as time goes on. I suspect like Luca Sbisa has done this season, we’ll see Cam take his game up a notch next season.

    Even though it was a disheartening loss during a gut wrench of a season, there were still some good things going on out there.

    Update 8:33a.m.: Our Ducks lost this game when we were unable to come off the boards and out of the corners and get to the net. Conn Smythe once said, “If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the scoreboard.” Curtis Zupke noted that our Ducks were charged with 15 Give Aways. That was a Homer count. It looked like Ryan Getzlaf committed a dozen or so on his own. Getz was charged with 3 on the Stat page.

  2. tearingitup says:

    Please tell me these guys were hung over after celebrating the win against Detroit. This was one of the most inept games I have seen from the guys in a long while. I have never seen so many lost or broken sticks giving the Kings what seems like hours in the offensive zone. Our D was watching the puck and not taking the offensive player. The second goal by the Kings showed the weakness of Viz all season. Our guys could not take a pass that did not bounce off the stick. Getz was not a factor at all. The Kings deserved the win…..they came to play. Since the season is over for the team, the next few games are meaningless. How about this as a standard, once you are mathematically eliminated, every game you it costs a percentage of your salary. At least that way guys would show up to work. Once again signed out as a disappointed fan…..Kings killed us this year

  3. tearingitup says:

    that is every game you lose…take away some cash…..My message was a rant once more.

  4. tearingitup says:

    Loads of people complaining that OC Register’s Jeff Miller called out the week performance of the Ducks. How can Getz complain about their poor start. He’s usually if not most nites, slow out of the box. Just talking to myself…after all it’s St Patty’s day

    • Just read it, LOL. Really tearingitup. I’m LOL. You’d think if a guy is going to criticize he’d at least get his facts right. He took a cliche excuse from Getz and failed to examine it. That failure is a direct result of Jeff Miller just not knowing enough about hockey to know when he’s been blown off. Readiness had absolutely nothing to do with it.

      Hazy summed it up for everyone. We lost that game because we lost the territorial battle. The Kings dictated that the game would be played in the alleys and they are the bigger, stronger team that outplayed us in the dirty areas. This was how the Kings kept us bottled up in our zone what seemed like f_o_r_e_v_e_rrrr. They move th play to the corners and wall and muscled us off the puck. You beat a team like the Kings by moving the game into the open ice and executing give and goes or shares on the fly. We were charged with 15 giveaways though and that was a generous count in our favor.

      and now you know why I rarely read Jeff Miller. He flat out doesn’t know enough about his subject to report on it.

  5. bbdux93 says:

    I just read an article about coach on OCR Gabby said (in my words) he expects the best from the guys for the rest of this season. Odds for making the post season are not good – but how each man plays these last games speaks to his character. Every time I read something he’s said I like this man more.

  6. tearingitup says:

    We already know the character of the leader of this team……….we discovered that at the beginning of the year. I do not expect my teams to win it all every year, however, I do expect professionalism from every member. We were lucky enough last year that the stars aligned and we made the play offs………..then killed in the first round by a motivated and well coached team. Oh boy, they get to visit us tonite

  7. czhokej says:

    tear, I think along the same line: why our top money-makers should be paid when they do not perform? On the top of it I have to hear Getzlaf’s comments: ” ….but we weren’t ready to play this hockey game. It starts in the first period and we weren’t ready to start on time.”

    We all saw it.

    And how come Sbisa can carry the puck better than most of our forwards and is not afraid to attack the net?

  8. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    I looked at this game as a lack of interest from a top line and a lack of passion from our defense:

    Top line: Same old story different opponent…Its OK to crash the net and get in the goalies face…do they remember what shad of blue the paint is?

    Defense: Try to block a few shots…things happen when you sacrifice for the team…did we block any?…we had many opportunities to go down and we didn’t, That is unacceptable!

    Positive Note: Hiller saved us from being humiliated…perhaps we should have been (42 vs 20 shots, pathetic!)?

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