The Los Angeles Kings look for their third straight win and to continue their playoff push on Friday night as they visit the Anaheim Ducks in the Freeway Faceoff at the Honda Center. The Kings (33-25-12) open play in 11th place in the Western Conference, three points out of a playoff spot, with 12 games to play.
The Ducks (30-30-11) are in 12th place, but they are 10 points out of a playoff spot, really needed a near perfect finish to their season to come close to the playoffs. The Kings have won four of the five meetings with Anaheim this season, including two shootout victories.
The Kings are still last in the NHL in scoring, but since acquiring Jeff Carter at the NHL trade deadline the club is 6-3-0 and in those nine games has scored 30 goals, which was more than they had scored in the previous 16 games before that.
The Ducks have lost six of their last nine contests, but opened their three-game homestand on Wednesday with a 4-0 shutout of the Detroit Red Wings. Anaheim on Thursday signed 18-year old goaltender John Gibson, their second round selection in the 2011 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.