GameThread: Ducks @ Kings - We Don't Boo Injuries

No leap frogging allowed. - Jeff Gross

In the final installment of the freeway series, the Ducks look to pretend to care about winning before heading off to the post season.

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Anaheim Ducks
@ Los Angeles Kings

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 PM PDT
STAPLES Center

TV: KDOC, NHLN-US, Prime Ticket (Kings)

Radio: Anaheimducks.com, KTLK 1150AM (Kings)

Your Enemy: Jewels From The Crown, The Royal Half, Battle of California

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Season Series Record, Ducks vs. Kings: 2-1-0

KNOW THY ENEMY

Record (Points): 23-14-4 = 50 points

Place in Pacific Division: 2nd, behind some team we all know and love.

Place in Western Conference: 4th

Who's Hot? Yes, Jeff Carter continues to roll for the Kings with his 25th goal of the season coming against Colorado Thursday night. More importantly, Dustin Brown has six points in the first three meetings between these two teams, and I'd rather not see any more of that.

Who's Not? If you're wondering who the Ducks might want to see in net, go with Jonathan Bernier as he's got a loss and a shootout loss to the Ducks this season. Their only win came with Jonathan Quick in net.

Numbers for Nerds: ln 41 games, the Ducks and Kings have scored 118 and 116 goals respectively. However, the Ducks have done so taking 110 fewer shots on goal (1132 - Ducks, 1242 - Kings).

Enemy Dossier: Jewels From the Crown, Battle of California

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DUCKS PREVIEW

The problem with clinching a spot in the post season is that the Ducks in particular now have an even stronger lazy mentality. The Kings, on the other hand, are still fighting to secure their spot in the playoff race. Not to mention, they're a little bitter and have shed a few tears over their loss last weekend to the Ducks.

We've already covered the fact that Ducks fans have a strong sense of "dislike" towards the fellas up the freeway, and these close call games and meaningful match-ups tend to mean just that much more in our small corner of the hockey world.

With a good possibility that the Ducks will be without Cam Fowler due to a upper body injury (which, in my personal opinion, might be a good thing to see that guy take a seat for a few games), the Ducks won't really have any surprises up their line-up sleeves. I think we'll be seeing Viktor Fasth take the net and I fully expect the power play will be useless and embarrassing.

So really, I think we should just hope that the Ducks pretend to care a little about winning a few more games to close out the season - at the very least, just to piss off a few teams in the process.

JEN UPDATE:

Some of you are famous! My buddy The Royal Half has a guest blogger that goes through our stories and comments and makes some comments of her own. Enjoy!

Know Your Opponent: Anaheim Ducks 4.12.13

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