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MIDDAY REPORT: Ducks at Kings (4/7/16) Quotes & Notes

A quick collection of the important bits from the beat writers and team insiders.

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With the biggest ever regular season edition of the Freeway Faceoff set to close the 2015-16 season series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings tonight at STAPLES Center, lets take a look at some of the noteworthy bits of information for the day.

First, official confirmation of what pretty much everyone expected:

John Gibson for his career, regular season and playoffs, is 6-3-0 against the Angelenos with a .918 save percentage and one shutout. The Ducks have allowed an average of 29.26 shots against per 60 minutes in those games, which is a higher workload than Gibson has faced on average this season.

There appears to be a timetable in place for the return of Frederik Andersen, who has not played since sustaining a concussion in the March 30 game against Calgary.

Before sustaining the injury, Andersen had seen his play start to cool after putting together a stretch of 13-0-2 in 17 appearances from January 1 through March 5 with a .921 SV%. In the six appearances since, beginning with the loss to St. Louis on March 11 that broke the streak, Andersen went 3-1-1 but posted a .886 SV%.

A couple quotes from Freddie at the link:

Meanwhile there was also an update to the status for Rickard Rakell:

A quick hitter update on Brandon Pirri as well:

Bruce also had an expected response to the question of whether the Nashville Predators or San Jose Sharks are a more appealing first round matchup:

Finally for the Ducks, Jakob Silfverberg acknowledged the extra fun that comes with playing against Los Angeles at STAPLES Center:

On the Kings side of things, an early look at possible line combinations from their morning skate in El Segundo:

Also, some pregame words from coach Darryl Sutter:

Dustin Brown had an interesting acknowledgement of the difference between Los Angeles down the stretch this season versus last season:

And finally, apparently Angeleno leading goal scorer Tyler Toffoli likes cupcakes. Read about it:


We're four and a half hours from puck drop, be sure to check back for the GameThread ahead of the 7:30 puck drop.