Ducks hope to continue recent dominance over Kings

Anaheim (21-15-5) at Los Angeles (16-17-6) 10:30 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) — The only time this season the Los
Angeles Kings were able to get the better of division-rival
Anaheim was during the Ducks’ four-game winless streak to begin
the season.

Since, the Ducks have recovered – and they’ve dominated the
Kings while climbing back into the playoff picture. The Ducks
look to come out with another win on Thursday as they complete a
home-and-home series with Los Angeles.

The Ducks came out on top in Tuesday’s opener in Anaheim.
Samuel Pahlsson’s power-play goal snapped a tie midway through
the third period as Anaheim won, 3-1. Bobby Ryan also scored
with the man advantage and Rob Niedermayer added an empty-netter
in the final seconds for the Ducks.

READ ALSO:  Flames rally for 4-3 shootout win over Stars in Dallas' 1st home game since Peverley collapse

Defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer each collected
two assists and Jonas Hiller made 17 saves two nights after
shining in a 2-0 blanking of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Swiss
netminder enters this showdown with a 4-0-0 lifetime record and
0.66 goals-against average against the Kings.

The Ducks have been without star Teemu Selanne (thigh
laceration) since December 20 and absorbed another big hit when
right wing Corey Perry received a league-imposed, four-game
suspension for an elbow thrown in Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss to
the Philadelphia Flyers.

Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf is tied for fifth in the NHL with 46
points, posting 15 goals and 31 assists.