Los Angeles was five points behind the Arizona Coyotes for fourth place in the West entering Thursday and the Kings had played four fewer games. The Coyotes had taken advantage of a seven-game losing streak by the St. Louis Blues to overtake them for fourth place in the West, but Arizona has since earned just two points in its past eight games. The San Jose Sharks were in position to overtake both Arizona and St. Louis, but they've lost their past seven games.
Well, if we’re still in the playoff race, that means there’s five other teams in our division in the playoff race right around there,” McLellan said. I don’t know if we’re fortunate, or if we’re just with the rest of the pack. We’re there, and we need to try and take advantage of it.
After a tough two-game series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Anaheim Ducks queued up for a Freeway Faceoff rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings. It wasn’t the typical Freeway Faceoff battles that we are used to, as the Ducks crumbled to a 4-1 defeat as Anthony Stolarz returned to the net. Cam Fowler picked up the only goal of the night, and Jamie Drysdale and Josh Manson struggled to stop the Kings’ offense.