***Preseason Game #4 GDT LA Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks 6:00pm on BSW***

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PRESEASON GAME #4

SUNDAY 10/2

Anaheim Ducks vs. LA Kings

at Crypto.com Arena

6:00pm on Bally Sports West &
iHeartRadio


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Here's the link to rosters and goalie comparisons

https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/ana-vs-lak/2022/10/02/2022010067

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Post-game quotes following the 9/28 game vs. Sharks from Doughty, Villalta, & MacLellan

Drew Doughty on an ideal number of preseason games for him to get into
Total, I?ll probably play three or four, so a couple more after this one. I could already play regular-season games.

Doughty on the difficulties of finding a flow in tonight?s game
It definitely took a little bit of the competitive edge out of the game and yeah, definitely the flow, you?re sitting down on the bench and you lose your legs. You saw guys start going out, twirling around, but you?re still not skating, you?re just twirling around. It?s not something you want to happen as a player.

Doughty on his impressions early in camp of Brandt Clarke
I think he?s a great player, he sees the ice very well, he makes very good plays, I can?t say enough about his offensive ability. He can learn a little bit on the other side of the puck, but who couldn?t when you come in as an offensive defenseman. I went through the same stuff, I had to learn how to play defense and we?ve got a lot of good guys on our team who can help teach him. I don?t want to say he?s NHL ready, but he?s basically NHL ready.

Matthew Villalta on making his first-ever preseason start tonight and his takeaways from tonight
Yeah, that was the first one ever for me so very exciting. Bill let me know yesterday during practice that I?d be starting tonight, so obviously a very exciting opportunity to wear the Kings jersey down here in Ontario in front of all of our fans, it was very special. I just wanted to go in there and do the best job I could. As the game went on, it felt better and better and I feel like I adjusted to the pace and got my game speed back, which I wanted to do earlier off the scrimmages we had during camp. I think, all in all, we would have liked to get the win, especially in front of our fans here, but sometimes that?s the way it goes, it?s hockey. Other than that I thought it was a good day.

Villalta on a start in this building being more special, having played here in the AHL
100%. We had a really good crowd tonight and I definitely heard them. Like I said yesterday, anytime you get to play here in the Inland Empire, it?s a treat to play in front of our fans and you want to go out there and try and give them the best show you can. It was very exciting and I think [the fans here] have a lot to be excited about this year.

Villalta on the biggest adjustments as he gets back into game action
I think the biggest thing is just game intensity, especially for not playing all summer. Going into camp you try to ramp that up, maybe a few weeks before camp and obviously it takes a few scrimmages and practices to really get it back and feel comfortable. It?s a fun challenge definitely. When you get up here in the NHL preseason, there are a lot of skilled players, they?re elite, they make plays happen real quick, tape to tape passes and shooters are pretty accurate. It was a real good challenge and a lot of fun.

Todd McLellan on the importance of playing in Ontario, and some of tonight?s challenges
I can?t remember three panes of glass in one game, but it?s good for us to come out here. We have good, loyal fans in this part of the country and they support our minor league team very well. Yeah, it wasn?t the best night in terms of ice conditions, or obviously the glass, the momentum of the game and the ability to evaluate it, but it still meant something for us to come here. It?s important that we did that.

McLellan on Brandt Clarke featuring in all three games so far in preseason
Just keep on playing him, he?s getting tested every night. Different elements, different factors, different teams. He played in Vegas the other night in a sold out building, coming here and trying to figure out all of the momentum stuff in a game, fatigue setting in a bit for him, so he?s getting tested. He?s earned a very valuable off day tomorrow and he?ll pick back up with the rest of the group tomorrow.

McLellan on Drew Doughty?s return to action
It was nice to see number eight back out there. One, it?s great to see him back out there. He?s got enthusiasm, he?s excited to play so he was trying to find his game. It?s been a while since he?s played and that was tough night to do it. Even for us, we can?t really evaluate real well. We?ll look at where players were going, but the ice conditions were terrible and the ability to connect passes and stuff wasn?t very good and that?s Drew?s game. He got a sweat and he got to play around players get physical, which was great.

McLellan on both Fagemo and Vilardi getting opportunities on the second line tonight
It?s huge for both of them. We tried to split the night, knowing that Moore and Danault were playing, so we tried to split the night with Sammy Fagemo and Gabe. Was it fair to them, I don?t know, it?s a tough evaluator, I wish it was perfect conditions. They both played well.
 
Expected lineup for today's game per LA Kings Insider (based on line rushes this AM):

Kevin Fiala ? Anze Kopitar ? Adrian Kempe
Alex Iafallo ? T.J. Tynan ? Arthur Kaliyev
Gabe Vilardi ? Rasmus Kupari ? Samuel Fagemo
Brendan Lemieux ? Blake Lizotte ? Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Mikey Anderson ? Drew Doughty
Sean Walker ? Jordan Spence
Alex Edler ? Brandt Clarke

Jonathan Quick (expected to play full game)
Matt Villalta
 
It would be nice to be able to see the top D pairing back in action!
 
Expected lineup for today's game per LA Kings Insider (based on line rushes this AM):

Kevin Fiala – Anze Kopitar – Adrian Kempe
Alex Iafallo – T.J. Tynan – Arthur Kaliyev
Gabe Vilardi – Rasmus Kupari – Samuel Fagemo
Brendan Lemieux – Blake Lizotte – Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Mikey Anderson – Drew Doughty
Sean Walker – Jordan Spence
Alex Edler – Brandt Clarke

Jonathan Quick (expected to play full game)
Matt Villalta

Will I really get to see Brandt Clarke live and in-person in a "real" game?? Will it be the last time that happens this season?

Thanks for posting this lineup. Always grateful to not have to dig around for info.
 
Will I really get to see Brandt Clarke live and in-person in a "real" game?? Will it be the last time that happens this season?

Thanks for posting this lineup. Always grateful to not have to dig around for info.

My gut tells me he gets his 9 games in and then goes back to OHL unless he's incredibly impressive during those 9 games.
 
Thanks Not Melf for the GDT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Pretty sure it's on NHLnetwork everywhere but in LA.
 
Here are some pics of the arena upgrades as seen from section 315

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THREE ROWS OF RINGS and a very large screen

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Pretty good sized crowd here considering it is also Dodgers fan appreciation night. More people than a lot of the early season games last season during the mask time
 
Anyone else's audio sound somewhat robotic/distorted at times? Maybe it's cause I'm on the ESPN+ app?
 
Quickie getting bored down there. Well, a little Sucks action now.

Hope we didn't blow our PP wad for the season in this game
 
There’s like 3 Ducks in there I even recognize. Totally different team now.
 
Gibson stopped a good number of dangerous Kings chances. Too bad Edler hit the post or Clarke would have another primary assist.

Forgot Fagemo played tonight until I saw him at end celebrating the win.
 
The decision with Clarke looks more difficult with every game. He's definitely more than holding his own.
 
Clarke is looking real good. He should earn a spot on the team.
 

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