Ducks hope to continue recent dominance over Kings

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Anaheim (21-15-5) at Los Angeles (16-17-6) 10:30 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The only time this season the Los

Angeles Kings were able to get the better of division-rival

Anaheim was during the Ducks' four-game winless streak to begin

the season.

Since, the Ducks have recovered - and they've dominated the

Kings while climbing back into the playoff picture. The Ducks

look to come out with another win on Thursday as they complete a

home-and-home series with Los Angeles.

The Ducks came out on top in Tuesday's opener in Anaheim.

Samuel Pahlsson's power-play goal snapped a tie midway through

the third period as Anaheim won, 3-1. Bobby Ryan also scored

with the man advantage and Rob Niedermayer added an empty-netter

in the final seconds for the Ducks.

Defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer each collected

two assists and Jonas Hiller made 17 saves two nights after

shining in a 2-0 blanking of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Swiss

netminder enters this showdown with a 4-0-0 lifetime record and

0.66 goals-against average against the Kings.

The Ducks have been without star Teemu Selanne (thigh

laceration) since December 20 and absorbed another big hit when

right wing Corey Perry received a league-imposed, four-game

suspension for an elbow thrown in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to

the Philadelphia Flyers.

Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf is tied for fifth in the NHL with 46

points, posting 15 goals and 31 assists.



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