Let’s just say it: the Anaheim Ducks are struggling.
A three-game losing streak, with a combined 13 goals against and just four goals for in that period highlights a weak forward group and defensive lapses. The team’s success feels too closely bound to how well John Gibson can perform on any given night, and with a schedule this compressed, there’s sure to be fatigue.
And the season keeps trucking on. Tonight the Ducks will face off against the Los Angeles Kings, who are rested after a break following their 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild last Thursday. They’ve been missing some scoring power of their own, as Andreas Athanasiou and Blake Lizotte are currently out due to COVID-19 protocols. Fans who tuned in the the 2021 World Juniors Championship will recognize Arthur Kaliyev, making his debut with the Kings tonight.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:
Max Jones — Ryan Getzlaf — Rickard Rakell
Danton Heinen — Adam Henrique — Jakob Silfverberg
Max Comtois — Sam Steel — Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers — Isac Lundestrom — Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm — Kevin Shattenkirk
Cam Fowler — Jani Hakanpaa
Jacob Larsson — Ben Hutton
Expected Scratches: David Backes, Andrew Agozzino, Vinni Lettieri
Injured Reserve: Josh Manson (oblique), Sonny Milano (upper body), Derek Grant (upper body)
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Adrian Kempe — Anze Kopitar — Alex Iafallo
Austin Wagner — Michael Amadio — Jeff Carter
Carl Grundstrom — Gabriel Vilardi — Dustin Brown
Trevor Moore — Lias Andersson — Arthur Kaliyev
Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
Kurtis MacDermid — Kale Clague
Olli Maatta — Mark Alt
Expected Scratches: Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Injured Reserve: Matt Roy (undisclosed), Sean Walker (upper body), Matt Luff (undisclosed), Martin Frk (groin), Alex Turcotte (lower body)
COVID-19 Protocol: Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports West and KCOP-13, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!