LOS ANGELES (TICKER) —The Los Angeles Kings continue their push for a playoff berth Tuesday night when they host their crosstown rivals, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, at Staples Center.
Los Angeles is in 10th place in the Western Conference, four points in back of eighth-place Edmonton and eight behind Anaheim, which sits in the seventh spot.
The Kings opened their five-game homestand with a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday as Bryan Smolinski had two goals and an assist and Ziggy Palffy tallied his 16th goal in his last 20 games.
Palffy and Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist and Jaroslav Modry collected two assists for Los Angeles, which has won six of its last seven home games. Overall, the Kings have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games.
Anaheim fell to the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-1, Sunday to post consecutive losses since December 31-January 3. Ruslan Salei scored for the Mighty Ducks, who have been held to two goals or less in eight of nine games. They have won six of their last 10 road games.
Ducks defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh enters the game just one point shy of 500 for his NHL career. He could become just the seventh defenseman born outside North America to reach the 500-point plateau.
Captain Paul Kariya is one goal shy of 300 in his career. He has points in eight of his last 12 games, collecting five goals and eight points over that span.