9: Kings-Ducks WCSF Game 7 Preview

he's so irrelevant that I almost forgot: saku sucks too - Jeff Gross

Los Angeles Kings v Anaheim Ducks (Honda Center)

Time: 6:00 PM

TV: RDS, TSN, NBCSN

Enemy reading: Anaheim Calling

Ducks (projected) lineup:

Smith-Pelly-Getzlaf-Perry
Cogliano-Koivu-Silfverberg
Winnik-Perreault-Selanne
Maroon-Bonino-Palmieri

Fowler-Lovejoy
Lindholm-Beauchemin
Allen-Vatanen

Gibson

Injured: Stephane Robidas, Sheldon Souray, Tim Jackman, Frederik Andersen, Matt Beleskey; Scratched: Mark Fistric, Rickard Rakell, Luca Sbisa

Kings (projected) lineup:

Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown
Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Lewis-Stoll-Williams
King-Richards-Clifford

Muzzin-Doughty
Schultz-Voynov
Greene-Martinez

Quick

Injured: Willie Mitchell, Robyn Regehr; Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Andy Andreoff, Patrik Bartosak, Derek Forbort, Colin Miller, Scott Sabourin, Nick Shore, Jordan Weal, Brayden McNabb, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Linden Vey, Andrew Campbell, Colin Fraser

Game Notes:

  • Oh look, another game seven. Ho hum no big deal. We're basically veterans at this point, so no need to worry, the righteous (and Justin Williams) will prevail, etc., etc. Everything is fine.
  • In a last-ditch attempt to ensure his team's victory tonight, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has taken the unprecedented step of...swapping Daniel Winnik and Patrick Maroon in the bottom six like oh my god I'm so sure the Kings defencemen are shaking in their skates now. Well, Jeff Schultz might be. Because he is bad. But the rest of them definitely aren't worried at all! Everything is fine.
  • The Kings will likely line up tonight the same as they have for the past few games. Despite Willie Mitchell's return to practice, he isn't yet in game shape and won't be playing. Otherwise, there will be no second-guessing or tinkering from Darryl Sutter, because - say it with me - everything is fine.
  • After Jonathan Quick's gaffe on the Ducks goal last game, he put in a very solid effort and helped shut the door to ensure the win. Similarly, the Kings' defence, which had been uncharacteristically porous to begin the series, did excellent work in game six, effectively strangling the Ducks through the neutral and offensive zones. Despite the Kings holding the lead for most of the game, they still dominated (both visibly and in underlying numbers). It was their best game of the series, and a return to the quality of play which dispatched the Sharks. If they play like that again tonight, the Ducks are going to have to play above their heads and get very lucky to get a win. Everything is fine.
  • It will be terrible old Teemu Selanne's last NHL game tonight, a thoroughly embarrassing loss to a superior rival, and a fitting end to his bronze-medal-calibre career. Please tell me about how sad you are in the comments.
  • ~Fun With Numbers~ from Extra Skater.
  • Prediction: Kings win. EVERYTHING IS FINE.
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