It's a real something-has-to-give pairing tonight at the Honda Center: The Kings, winners of nine straight, against the Ducks, winners of nine straight at home.
Here are a few comments about the matchup from the teams' morning skates:
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, on what the Ducks have to shore up based on their 6-4 loss in Los Angeles last Thursday:
"Well, I think our execution level, for sure. We don't get enough traffic in front of (goalie Jonathan) Quick. He's had it far too easy finding pucks. We've got to do a better job of that.
"We've got to do a better job of executing through neutral ice. They're a trapping hockey club; they're not any different than a lot of teams have taken on, and they've been executing their trap in the neutral ice as good as any team in the league."
Kings coach Terry Murray, asked how to combat the Ducks' desire to create more traffic in front of Quick:
"You just have to do a strong job in front of the net. And you're not going to eliminate it. They've got some great players over there. You've just got to try to limit the number of times they can get position. Your defensemen, your low tracker, they have to work very hard to get proper body positioning and we've got to get in some lanes up top with the defensemen. They've got some guys that are very mobile up there; they do a lot of rotating at the top, so they can find some seams. But we have to work hard on the checking part of the game."
"But that's hockey -- going to the net, battling hard. That's the exciting part of the game."
Anaheim's Bobby Ryan, assessing the Kings:
"Well, I think they're playing with a lot of confidence, especially in their own building. They're really rallying around Jonathan in net. It starts with him; he's been great. He's made some big saves at big times, and even when we came back in that game last week, he stood on his head at the end.
"And their forwards are playing with confidence. They're making plays all over the ice and getting to the net and creating havoc. You know, for any team to play against them in that kind of situation, where those guys are playing that well, it's tough. So I think for us to just keep it simple and play a simple home game is the key for us."
Back with more after the game.