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Ducks: Top line still doing damage

March, 27, 2011
Ducks (42-28-5, 89 points) vs. Colorado Avalanche (28-38-8, 64) at Honda Center, 7:05 p.m.

Five storylines to track:

1. Three's a charm -- The top line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan teamed up for both goals Saturday night in a 2-1 victory in Chicago. The trio have been carrying the team the last 13 games, combining for 19 goals and 34 assists while helping the Ducks go 10-3-0 during that span. Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan have combined for 18 goals and 31 assists in 54 career games against the Avalanche.

2. Red-hot Duck -- Of course, no NHL player is hotter than Perry, who scored both goals against the Avs and has four goals in the last two games and eight in the last five. His last eight goals have come on just 25 shots, a blistering shooting percentage of 32%. Perry leads the league with 20 third-period goals. The last Anaheim player to lead the league in goals was Teemu Selanne with 47 in 1997-98.

3. Familiar foe -- In a bit of a scheduling quirk, the Ducks will be playing Colorado for the fourth time in 51 days. The first three meetings came while No. 1 goalkeeper Jonas Hiller was sidelined with vertigo-like symptoms. Curtis McElhinney shut out the Avs, 3-0, on Feb 5 but was traded to Tampa Bay three weeks later for Dan Ellis, who won the last two meetings against Colorado.

4. Cam's a winner -- Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler scored the overtime winner Wednesday in Dallas, his eighth goal of the season. When Fowler scores that’s usually a good sign for Anaheim, which is 6-1-1 in games in games that he has hit the net. Folwer is also getting a better hand at the defensive end. He’s a minus-one in the last eight games, putting him at minus-25 for the season.

5. Avs injury report -- Colorado has been devastated by injuries this season and little has changed heading into the Anaheim game. Defenseman Ryan Wilson suffered a knee injury and center Mark Olver a head injury in a 4-3 loss Thursday against Toronto and didn’t play Saturday in a 4-1 loss against the Kings. Defenseman Matt Hunwick also missed the Kings game with back injury and Adam Foote is expected to miss the Anaheim game with a leg injury.

Kings: Dustin Brown carves up Avs

December, 21, 2010

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Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots in the Kings' 5-0 victory at Colorado.

Kings 5, Colorado Avalanche 0

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: Dustin Brown matched his career-high with four points Tuesday night and the Kings ended their five-game road trip on a winning note.

THE STAT: The Avalanche came in as the highest-scoring team in the NHL but were shut out for the first time this season as Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots. The last time Colorado was shut out during the regular season was Feb. 13, when Quick stopped 22 shots in a 3-0 victory at Staples Center.

TURNING POINT: Scoring first has been huge for the Kings this season and they received their first goal from one of the more unlikely sources, defenseman Rob Scuderi. Brown set up the play when he made a nice move around Tomas Fleischmann, passed to Anze Kopitar behind the Colorado net and he then found Scuderi at the top of the right face-off circle. Scuderi’s first shot was saved, but he back-handed in the rebound for his first goal since October 2008, a span of 185 games.

HOT: Brown had a hand in the first four goals. He assisted on the first two, swatted in Kopitar’s rebound for the third and then, just seconds after leaving the penalty box, carried the puck from below his own blue line, cut across the high slot and beat Colorado goalkeeper Craig Anderson with a nifty wrist shot. Brown now has 15 points in his last nine games. His only other four-point game came April 1 against visiting Vancouver.

NOT: Fleischmann, who was rumored to be headed to the Kings at one point this season but instead was traded to the Avalanche on Dec. 1, was beaten on the first two goals, did not manage a shot on net and was a minus-3 for the game.

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