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Streaky Ducks look to end losing skid against Kings

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.

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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.