Looking for elusive 3rd straight win, Ducks visit Kings

Looking for elusive 3rd straight win, Ducks visit Kings

The Anaheim Ducks are back in Southern California for the next four weeks, but their season has ventured back into uncharted waters.For just the second time this season, the Ducks will bring a two-game winning streak into a game when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, the final stop on a five-game road trip that will be followed by 10 games at home.Anaheim hasn’t won three in a row this season. In fact, the Ducks owned just one win in regulation through their first 30 games before winning their past two without needing overtime.”I think we’re playing a little more hungry, a little more competitive, and I think that’s leading to our success,” Ducks rookie forward Mason McTavish said.McTavish, the third overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, has played a key role in Anaheim’s recent success. He has two assists in each of the past two games and seven in the past eight.He was moved to center last month after beginning the season on the wing, and that has made a difference in his contributions.”That wasn’t the plan to start the year, but we were able to get him some reps and he just looked way more comfortable there,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said of the move to center.Eakins said it’s not just McTavish’s playmaking ability that has blossomed, but other areas that are key to playing center at the NHL level have improved as well.”He’s starting to win faceoffs now. I’m putting him out there on some penalty-kill faceoffs, some important D-zone faceoffs,” Eakins said. “He’s really slowly turning into a very well-rounded player. He’s got lots of offense in him, but the thing that is maybe going to separate him from some others is his whole 200-foot game.”The Kings returned from a six-game road trip and beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night, their second straight shootout victory.”The fact that we stuck with it to the end of the night and got pretty good efforts from a lot of players was a real good sign for us,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said.


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