Perhaps the best way the Anaheim Ducks can bounce back after suffering their first regulation loss at home this season is to do so against their biggest rival.
Just two days after the Winnipeg Jets handed the Ducks a 3-2 loss at the Honda Center, the Los Angeles Kings come to town in a tune up to the much anticipated Stadium Series Game at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday night. What a perfect opportunity for the Ducks. Not only are they getting a chance to get back to their winning ways at home, but they also get the chance to defeat the other team that handed them an overtime/shootout loss at the Honda Center just a little less than two months ago. Before the holidays, the Ducks were able to defeat the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center after they handed the Ducks their first blemish of their home start.
Another element that could help give the Ducks some momentum is defeating their longtime rivals. The Ducks and Kings will be squaring off for the 114th time. So far the Ducks have gotten the best of the Kings with a 49-41-23 record against them, including a remarkable 29-13-14 record at home. Defeating a rival at home would be a huge boost. They have earned at least one point against the Kings in 43 of the 56 games that they have played each other at the Honda Center in the franchise’s long standing rivalry.
Look for the Ducks to use this game as motivation and get back on track. One loss at home should not be concerning. The team normally responds well from a loss, and while losing in regulation for the first time at home can hurt, it will just add fuel into the fire for Anaheim to prove that they are not a fluke.