Feb 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) is hip checked by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the third period of the game at the Staples Center. Kings won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks Preview

Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 42 vs. Anaheim, April 13, 2013, 8pm PST (11pm EST)

It’s been fun but the 2012-13 version of the Freeway Faceoff comes to an end tonight as the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks meet for the fourth and final time this season with each winning at home. Since tonight’s contest is at Staples Center, the Kings should be the favourites by that logic – but we’ll see.

Feb 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) checks Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa (5) during the first period of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks and Kings just met this past Sunday in Anaheim where the home team came away with a 4-3 shootout win so the silver-and-black are looking for some revenge and while the chances of catching them are slim, hope to make the race for the Pacific Division crown somewhat interesting. The Ducks currently lead the Kings by nine points so barring a monumental collapse, things will mostly remain status quo. Instead, the Kings should be more concerned with who’s behind them in the standings which includes San Jose and St. Louis who trail Los Angeles by one and two points respectively.

Back to the game, should the Kings hope to win, they will win to work a bit harder getting the puck past Viktor Fasth who has three wins and a 1.60 goals-against average in his last five outings which includes his 35-save performance against the Kings last weekend. Of course, Los Angeles was able to score three times so there were definitely some positives coming out of Sunday for the Kings.

While both team’s goaltending units have been great this year, it hasn’t been quite as spectacular when the two clubs have clashed this year. In regulation this season, the Kings and Ducks have each scored 12 goals against each other with the Kings amassing a record of 1-1-1 against their SoCal rivals.

The Kings do have their share of firepower and they will need a lot of that should they hope to earn two points tonight. Jeff Carter has four goals and one assist in his last five games while before Thursday night’s contest against Colorado, defenseman Drew Doughty was on a three-game goal-scoring streak which included a tally against the Ducks at the Honda Center just six days ago.

It’s a rare 8pm PST start but that won’t faze anyone as it’s a Saturday night in Los Angeles featuring the Kings and Ducks closing out their high-octane season series. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Enjoy the game!

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