The ANAHEIM and the LOS ANGELES will both be gunning for a victory on 11/6/2018 at 10:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ANAHEIM DUCKS vs LOS ANGELES KINGS
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:35 PM
PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES , ANAHEIM
Oddsmakers currently have the ANAHEIM listed as -205 moneyline favorites versus the LOS ANGELES, while the game’s total is sitting at 212.5.
Willie Desjardins has been summoned to light a fire under the Los Angeles Kings, who named the 61-year-old as the team’s interim head coach after dismissing John Stevens on Sunday. The Kings look to put their best foot forward under their new bench boss on Tuesday when they continue their seven-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks in the first Freeway Series matchup of the season.
“I want to see us play fast,” Desjardins told reporters following Monday’s practice. “I want to see us play with passion. I want us to be excited when we get to the rink. I want us to start each period quick. … We want to find ways to win.” Los Angeles answered six consecutive losses with victories in two of its last three, but a sputtering offense has registered league lows in goals scored (28) and tallies per game (2.15). Anaheim’s offense isn’t doing much better, as the Ducks reside 29th in goals per game (2.4) despite defenseman Cam Fowler recording his first career hat trick on Sunday as the club snapped a seven-game winless skid (0-5-2) with a 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus. “The main thing is our team found a way to win the game and kind of find a way to get off this losing streak,” said the 26-year-old Fowler, who has three goals and two assists on his three-game point streak.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), FS West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE DUCKS (6-6-3): Captain Ryan Getzlaf (team high-tying eight assists) returned to practice on Monday, one day removed from sitting out his sixth contest of the season – this time with an upper-body injury. The 33-year-old Getzlaf could draw back in the lineup and carry a four-game point streak (two goals, five assists) into Tuesday’s encounter versus the Kings, against whom he has collected 55 points (19 goals, 36 assists) in 68 career meetings. Goaltender John Gibson has also fared well versus Los Angeles, sporting a 9-3-0 mark with a 1.79 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in 13 appearances.
ABOUT THE KINGS (4-8-1): Ilya Kovalchuk and captain Anze Kopitar each carry a three-game point streak into Tuesday’s tilt, with the former scoring two goals and setting up four others while the latter has one tally and two assists. While Kovalchuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League for several seasons, Kopitar registered five points (two goals, three assists) in five meetings with Anaheim in 2017-18. Defenseman Drew Doughty, who leads the team with nine assists, set up a pair of goals for the second time in three outings during Saturday’s 4-1 win over Columbus.
1. Anaheim’s Randy Carlyle (460) will move past the late Roger Neilson and into sole possession of 30th place in NHL history with his next victory.
2. Los Angeles C Jeff Carter has scored and set up a goal in back-to-back contests after being held off the scoresheet in eight of his previous 11 contests.
3. The Ducks have yielded the first goal in six consecutive games this season while the Kings had done so in eight straight before Saturday’s outing.
PREDICTION: Ducks 4, Kings 1