Ducks get the better of the Kings

January 18, 2015 19:26:15 UK

Jakob Silfverberg was the only shootout scorer as the Ducks beat the Kings.

The Anaheim Ducks were forced to overtime on Saturday but still picked up a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to extend their lead in the Pacific Division to 12 points.

Jakob Silfverberg was the only skater to score in the shootout at the Staples Center as Anaheim got the better of the defending Stanley Cup champions, who are 23.00 to win the trophy again this season. However, all three games so far this season between the Southern California rivals have not been decided in regulation and should LA qualify for the post-season, the Kings shape up as a challenging opponent for the Division leaders.

Anaheim now makes the short return to Orange County and will close out the first half of the season with the visit of the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. The winners of three straight after getting the better of the Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose on Saturday, the Flames are tied with the Kings for the final playoff place in the Western Conference.

As such, Monday’s contest between Calgary and Los Angeles will be instructive as the two sides battle for a potential Wild Card in the Conference while also chasing the Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks.

Over in the Central Division, the St. Louis Blues moved to within four points of the Nashville Predators with a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The decision in Toronto to fire head coach Randy Carlyle has been a certifiable bust as the Maple Leafs slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat.

The Blues are 2.80 to win the Division, with the Predators 2.80.

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