But Thursday night's prequel to Saturday's
The Kings (29-16-6) arrive desperate for a win, mired in a 1-2-1 trip that included Saturday's galling shootout loss in Detroit. That was set up by a horrific non-call on a final-minute, out-of-play shot that careened off goalie
Dustin Brown is pointless on the trip and the Kings have only one win in their last nine road games.
Asked if the rivalry can jolt his team from its malaise, Kings Coach
The Ducks have lost two of three, including having their 20-0-2 home streak ended Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's prepared for the Kings, the NHL's best defensive team, to revert to their usual sound ways against the NHL's points leader (37-10-5).
Quick will be in goal.
"They know when they have to push the envelope," Boudreau said. "I firmly believe they're our toughest opposition.
"I believe they think they can beat everybody [and] they match up well against us."
Boudreau said he's braced for an intense battle similar to a game his former team, the
"Both teams are into that mode of knowing they'll be on the big stage," Boudreau said. "It will be an extremely intense game."
As the Kings work to address three-for-23 power-play woes in the last five games, defenseman
"They're the top team in the NHL and so you always want to measure yourself up against that," Mitchell said.
The Kings won in Anaheim in the season's first meeting Dec. 3 after a nine-round shootout.
"We've gotten bigger this year, our goaltending has been equal to theirs," Boudreau said. "It's up to us to not allow them to forecheck, not to skate through the neutral zone unscathed. Moving the puck is a big thing, we talk about playing fast every day.
"It's a question of who takes the dumber penalties, who's more disciplined, who pays the price for hitting — the intangibles."
That's one reason Boudreau gave ex-King forward
The Kings recalled forward Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Jeff Schultz from minor league Manchester, N.H., demoting forwards Tanner Pearson and Linden Vey. Toffoli, 21, had nine goals and eight assists in 33 games with the Kings earlier this season. He scored 10 goals in Manchester. The 6-foot-6 Schultz played 41 games for Manchester.
Pearson didn't score in a combined 17:34 of ice time in two games with the Kings this month. Vey played only Tuesday before going back down.
Kings also acquired forward Andrew Crescenzi from the
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Etc.: Injured Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth, out since Nov. 18 with lower-body muscle inflammation, said he expects to be skating by next week and might play before the Olympic break.