Tonight in the NHL: Streaking Kings take on Ducks

Tonight in the NHL: Streaking Kings take on Ducks
April 7, 2013, 1:30 am
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The Flyers are off today after a crushing 4-1 loss to the Jets on Saturday (see game story).

This loss ended a four-game win streak for the Flyers and severely hurt their playoff chances at a time when every game counts.

Here are a few NHL games to watch for on Sunday:

Kings at Ducks, 9 p.m.

Last year’s Stanley Cup winners will visit Anaheim to take on the Ducks Sunday. Both teams are likely to make the playoffs again this season. The Ducks are No. 2 in the Western Conference, eight points ahead of the Kings, who are No. 4 in the West.

The two teams, however, seem to be going in two different directions. Anaheim, attempting to clinch their first division in six years, has lost six of its past nine. The Kings have won five of their last seven, hoping to keep the streak going and close in on the Ducks.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter had other things on his mind besides catching up to the Ducks, saying, "When you get off to that type of lead, it's impossible to make it up, so we just concentrate on us.”

Wild at Blue Jackets, 6 p.m.

The Minnesota Wild will attempt to break their four-game losing streak against a Blue Jackets team fighting for a playoff spot.

Columbus, which is 9-0-3 in its last 12 home games, is looking to close the gap on St. Louis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Columbus is three points behind the Blues with 10 games left to play.

The Wild, who are sixth in the Western Conference, are trying to hold onto a playoff position after losing four straight. Acquiring Zach Parise and Ryan Suter has proved to be worth it so far, but the team will need to pick it back up if they want to make the postseason. Minnesota has not made the playoffs since 2007-08 and is only two points ahead of the eighth-seeded Blues in the standings.

Stars at Sharks, 4 p.m.

The Stars will visit the red-hot Sharks in an attempt to possibly make a playoff push. Dallas, five points behind the eighth-seeded Blues, will be looking to defeat the Sharks for a second time after dropping them 3-1 on Feb. 23.

The only difference is the Dallas team that beat San Jose on Feb. 23 looks completely different than the current Dallas team. Since that victory Dallas has traded four players away, including ex-Flyer Jaromir Jagr. Jagr was, and still is, leading the team in goals (14) and points (26) even though he is now a Boston Bruin.

San Jose, No. 5 in the Western Conference, is shooting for home-ice advantage in the playoffs. The Sharks are one point behind the No. 4 Kings and two points behind the No. 3 Canucks. The Sharks are currently on a seven-game win streak and show no signs of stopping.

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