Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 29 @ Anaheim
December 3, 2013
7pm PST (10pm EST)
It’s been an exciting season in Los Angeles so far but on Tuesday night, it’s going to be stepped up a notch as the Kings visit Anaheim to take on the hated Ducks for the first time this year in what will be a Stadium Series preview.
Having just played on Monday night at Staples Center, the Kings will be a tired bunch but sometimes playing on consecutive nights is a good thing. Fans of the silver-and-black certainly don’t mind as many will be traveling down the road to invade Honda Center on Tuesday.
This marks the first of five meetings between the SoCal rivals this season. Tuesday, however, will be the only meeting until January 23 when the Kings return to Anaheim, just two days before the much-anticipated outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.
But while players from both sides are eagerly awaiting said outdoor game, they all know that business is at hand on Tuesday as both sides are simply looking to draw first-blood against each other.
At 18-7-4, the Ducks sit just two points ahead of the 17-7-4 Kings in the Pacific entering Tuesday night. While they have gotten off to a fast start this season, the Ducks are just 3-4-3 in their last 10. The Kings, meanwhile, are 6-1-3 in their last 10 outings. Despite their recent mediocrity, however, Anaheim is sporting a 10-0-1 record on home ice. The Kings are determined to end that streak.
With his two goals on Monday, Tyler Toffoli hopes to extend his recent success as does Jake Muzzin who may not have scored 24 hours prior but did have a very productive night against the Blues on the defensive side as he kept St. Louis off the board while delivering five hits.
After his 25-save performance en route to said win, Ben Scrivens continues to play outstanding in relief of the injured Jonathan Quick. However, while this is the tail end of back-to-back games, there is a chance that Scrivens may get a rest on Tuesday in favour of rookie netminder Martin Jones. Then again, don’t count on it.
While the Kings are preparing to contain Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, they must now deal with a former King. Dustin Penner will be making his first appearance against his former team since returning to Anaheim this past summer and nothing would be sweeter for the silver-and-black then to hand Penner and the Ducks their first regulation home loss of the year.
There’s a ton of excitement heading into Tuesday night’s contest and we can all imagine just how far said excitement will escalate once the puck drops at 7:07 PST (10:07 EST).
Enjoy the game!