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Kings try to improve playoff chances vs. Ducks

Mar 18, 2015 - 2:40 PM ( - The Los Angeles Kings look to grab sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division on Wednesday night when they take on the first-place Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings are 5-1-1 in their past seven games, with Monday's 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes putting them into a tie with the Calgary Flames for third place. Both clubs have 81 points, though Los Angeles will use its game in hand over Calgary tonight.

The Kings also trail the second-place Vancouver Canucks by three points, while the Ducks are running away with the division with an 11-point lead.

Jonathan Quick notched his second shutout in three games and sixth of the season with a 25-save effort versus the Coyotes. He got just enough support as winger Andy Andreoff scored his first career goal in his 15th NHL game.

Andreoff scored with 1:05 left in the second period as he took a pass from Jordan Nolan before scoring five hole. Defenseman Brayden McNabb also picked up an assist, giving him four in his last four games.

"We worked hard and had good focus. It was tough scoring. We played a team that is tough checking," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

Six of Quick's 37 career shutouts have come versus the Coyotes, while he has blanked the Ducks just once. He is 14-7-5 versus Anaheim overall with a 2.46 goals against average and .907 save percentage in 28 meetings.

Anaheim is seeking a third victory in a row, following up a three-game slide with wins over Minnesota and Nashville. The Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit with four third-period goals to beat the Predators 4-2 on Sunday.

The Ducks recorded their league-leading 11th win when trailing after two periods as Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri, Nate Thompson and Cam Fowler all tallied. John Gibson added 25 saves.

"Any time you go down a couple, you have to believe that no matter what happens, you can still come back and make a game of it," Fowler said. "We've proven throughout the year that's something we can do."

The Ducks, who are tied for the NHL lead with 95 points, may turn back to Frederik Andersen in net tonight and he is 4-0-1 lifetime versus the Kings with a 2.29 GAA and .925 save percentage.

Anaheim is 7-0-2 in its last nine meetings with the Kings, taking three in a row as the host.