Los Angeles (7-7-2) at Anaheim (9-7-2), 8:00 pm EST
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — The Anaheim Ducks have become a
streaky team, rolling through winning stretches of five and
three games as well as enduring skids of three and four.
Caught in a negative wave, the Ducks look to snap a three-game
losing streak when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Anaheim started 1-5-0 before rebounding with an 8-0-1 stretch.
They have fallen again and will have to find a way to win
without one of their top defensemen, Francois Beauchemin.
Usually alongside Scott Niedermayer to form one of the league’s
most potent blue-line pairs, Beauchemin will likely miss the
rest of the season after blowing out his left knee Friday in the
Ducks’ 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. A six-year veteran,
Beauchemin had four goals and one assist in 18 games. He was
also averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time.
Lately, Anaheim has been sparked by Ryan Getzlaf, who had a goal
and an assist against the Predators and has a point in 11 of
their last 13 games.
The Kings saw their four-game win steak end on Saturday when
they fell to the Predators, 3-1. Michal Handzus scored the lone
goal as Los Angeles failed to post its first five-game run since
February 11-March 7, 2006.
Starting his sixth straight game, Erik Ersberg, a second-year
goalie who started the season as backup to Jason LaBarbera,
turned aside 31 shots despite suffering his second loss.