[10:38 PM] Ducks @ Kings

Who will WIN this matchup?

Anaheim Ducks (3-4-2)

@ Los Angeles Kings (4-5-0)


Starting Goalies:

John Gibson(ANA): Confirmed

Peter Budaj(LAK): Likely


Current odds:

Anaheim Ducks: (+100)

Los Angeles Kings: (-120)


The Anaheim Ducks welcome Rickard Rakell back to the lineup as they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and hope the forward adds a spark to their inconsistent offense. Rakell signed a six-year contract extension Oct. 14 worth $3.8 million per year and was seen practicing with the second power-play unit Monday as Anaheim tries to bounce back from a stunning 4-0 loss to Columbus on Friday at home.

Corey Perry is off to a quick start with four goals as is Andrew Cogliano, who also has four after scoring nine last season, 15 the year before and a career-high 21 in 2013-14. Ryan Getzlaf recorded seven assists in eight games – he missed Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Nashville with an arm injury – and is second on the club in shots with 24 to Perry’s 34. Defenseman Shea Theodore also appeared on the second power-play unit at Monday’s practice, a sign that he will be officially recalled from San Diego of the AHL prior to the game.

Budaj won his first four starts before the power went out of Los Angeles’ offense, which boasts one player with more than two goals (Tanner Pearson four). Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli have two apiece as That 70s Line accounts for eight of the 12 goals scored by Kings’ forwards with the defensemen recording seven. The ailments are not limited to the goaltending position as defenseman Brayden McNabb was placed on injured reserve Sunday with his arm in a sling after leaving Saturday’s game while forward Andy Andreoff departed Sunday’s contest with an upper-body injury.

Los Angeles scores the second-fewest goals in the NHL at 2.1 per game while Anaheim is 25th at 2.3.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s 599 career victories are 14th all-time and fifth among active coaches behind Chicago’s Joel Quenneville (806), St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock (762), Dallas’ Lindy Ruff (705) and Washington’s Barry Trotz (663).

The Ducks are 11-2-2 during the last three regular seasons versus the Kings, including 3-2-0 in 2015-16 with two of the victories coming in Los Angeles.


StreakSmarts Pick: Los Angeles Kings

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick