Yet, in Anaheim’s first meeting with the
In addition to putting Long Beach’s
"All big bodies, can all hit and play physical and can definitely wear down the opposition," Thompson said. "We can all move pretty well. We should be able to control the play down low."
While the trio has only two goals to show for 40 combined games, the Ducks understand -- especially after the Game 7 rout -- the importantance of not getting pushed around by their rivals.
"It's going to be a physical game, I think we'll match up well," Maroon said. "Get pucks in, go to the net, hit guys."
Boudreau said that because his team has reached three goals in only one of its last eight games, he didn’t mind experimenting with putting Etem alongside center
"Some of those combinations haven't been scoring, sometimes you shuffle the deck," Boudreau said. "You have what you have. We'll see how that fits. During the course of the game, things can change in a hurry. Switch the match-up, or switch the players."
The remaining lines were center
Waiting on the doc: The Ducks expect to hear the test results of sick right wing
Perry has missed three games after scoring 11 goals in the first 13, and Beauchemin was absent in Sunday's shootout loss to Vancouver after falling ill Saturday.
Party line: Asked how the playoff loss to the Kings has stuck with him and his players, Boudreau said, "We make way too much out of what's happened in the past."
What was it like to watch the Kings hold the
Getzlaf said, "They were a good team. They deserved it. Not any hard feelings, they beat us, it [stinks, but] they took the hardest road possible in the playoffs. They earned it."
Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said the home-and-home set with the Kings, which continues Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, is "a start," both to this season's chapter of the rivalry and to the Ducks' answer to the current rut of three consecutive home shootout/overtime losses.