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Honda Center, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 16,637

Kings, Ducks renew rivalry

Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks

  1. The Kings fell to the Predators, 4-3, in overtime at home on Saturday, after rallying from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the third. The Kings are now 2-2 in games decided in overtime or a shootout.
  2. The Ducks lost to the Sharks, 2-1, in a shootout in San Jose on Saturday, their third consecutive loss. It's their longest losing streak of the year, and in those three games, they've been outscored 9-5.
  3. Games between these Southern California rivals have been tight in the last couple years -- since 2015-16, the Ducks have won six of the 10 games against the Kings, with one win coming in overtime. Eight of the 10 games have been decided by two or fewer goals, with six decided by just one goal.
  4. Alec Martinez scored his second goal of the season, notching a power-play tally that tied the game in the third period. Martinez had just two power play goals all of last season, but has seen a career-high 2:46 of power-play ice time this season.
  5. Ryan Miller, playing in just his second game as a Duck, made 44 saves on 45 shots in the loss to San Jose. It was just the third time in his career that he hasn't gotten a win when posting a save percentage of at least .975 in a game he started (49-1-2).
  6. The Kings' penalty kill has been strong this year, allowing a league-low four power-play goals. They've scored nine of their own, and their +5 differential is tied for fourth in the league. Anaheim has scored only five power-play goals, the fewest in the league, and their -4 differential is better than only three teams.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will seek improvement over recent performances Tuesday night when the rivals begin their five-game season series.

Los Angeles (10-2-2) hopes to start faster and finish strong than in a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday. The Kings rallied from a three-goal deficit but gave up the game-winning goal on a breakaway late in overtime.

The Kings did not start rallying until a three-goal third period, but they managed to get a point in the standings. Los Angeles outshot Nashville 39-31 and lost for the first time in five games.

"We didn't play well enough in the first two periods," Los Angeles defenseman Christian Folin. "But, obviously, it's a tough opponent. They did really well last year, so it was important for us to come back and tie the game. I wish we would've won it in overtime, but you can't win them all."

At about the same time the Kings fell in overtime, the Ducks wound up with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Sharks in San Jose.

Corey Perry scored Anaheim's goal at 6:23 of the first period, but the Ducks were outshot 45-26 and lost their third straight when Ryan Miller gave up a goal to Joonas Donskoi in the sixth round of the shootout.

The loss occurred 24 hours after the Ducks' 5-3 defeat to Nashville. Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle thought the effort was significantly better Saturday.

"We were engaged right from the opening faceoff. We needed something like that as a response from (Friday) night," Carlyle said. "We weren't very proud of our effort (Friday) night. We only played 40 minutes of 60 (Friday) night. (On Saturday), we played 60-plus minutes."

Anaheim needs solid goaltending to contain Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Ryan Miller could start, given his remarkable play against San Jose (44 saves) and 1.85 goals-against average. The Ducks' other goalie, John Gibson, lost his previous two starts and three of his prior four. He has a 2.94 GAA.

The Kings have unleashed their offense under Stevens. Anze Kopitar is among the league leaders in points (7-10-17). Five other Kings have 10 points or more.

The Ducks have two players with nine points, Rickard Rakell (5-4-9) and Andrew Cogliano (3-6-9).

Anaheim is missing several key players.

Ryan Getzlaf has an eye injury. Ryan Kesler is recovering from hip surgery. Puck-moving defenseman Cam Fowler has a knee injury.

Second-year defenseman Brandon Montour leads Ducks' blue-liners with seven points (4-3-7).

The two teams played a fight-filled game in February at Los Angeles.

"When you play opposition you see on a regular basis, and they are your biggest rival, it's natural that that's going to come out, Carlyle said. "We have to make sure we contain the emotions to a level where we do the right things. You play with emotion, and you initiate things, but you don't retaliate."

Anaheim was 3-2-0 last season against the Kings. Los Angeles posted shutouts in its two wins against the Ducks.

Updated November 7, 2017

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