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Kings host Bruins in clash between recent Cup winners

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings will both be eyeing bounce-back efforts on Thursday night when the two clubs clash in a meeting between recent Stanley Cup winners.

The Bruins, 2011 Cup winners, had won five of their previous seven before suffering a 5-2 setback to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday in the start of a three-game swing through California.

The Kings, meanwhile, have split the first two of a five-game homestand. The 2012 NHL champions snapped a five-game slide with a win over Vancouver on Saturday, but dropped a 2-1 shootout to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Boston was never able to recover from a 3-0 deficit on Tuesday versus Anaheim, getting goals from Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton to make it a one-goal game before the Ducks netted the final two scores of the contest.

Tuukka Rask allowed all five goals on 20 shots in the loss.

"We felt like we played good and we were able to score some goals," said Rask. "In the third we were able to make it a one-goal game, but then it got away from us."

Boston played without forward Milan Lucic due to illness, believed to be food poisoning, but returned to practice on Wednesday and could play tonight.

The Bruins, who visit San Jose on Saturday to cap their swing, is also close to getting forward Loui Eriksson back from his second concussion of the season. He suffered his latest head injury on Dec. 7 and has missed 14 straight.

Eriksson was cleared for contact on Wednesday, though coach Claude Julien said the forward is doubtful for this game.

The Kings, meanwhile, have been held to two goals or fewer in six of their last seven games. They got a goal from Jarret Stoll in Tuesday's loss, but the Wild netted the lone tally of the four-round shootout.

Jeff Carter and Dwight King assisted on Stoll's tally that came 50 seconds into the third period and Jonathan Quick made 16 saves in his second game back from a groin injury suffered in mid-November.

"You can't always expect the big guys to score all of the time. We need to get more secondary scoring, and more opportunities from our defense," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

The Kings had won five in a row over the Bruins before getting beat in both meetings during the 2011-12 campaign.

Quick is 5-2-0 with a 2.19 goals against average in seven career meetings with the Bruins, while Rask has faced the Kings just once before. That came on Dec. 13, 2011 in Boston and Rask notched a 41-save shutout.

Boston has won four of its last six in Los Angeles.

01/09 10:53:36 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
5th
BOS 0
BAL 4
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
3rd
CHI 69
WAS 59
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
2nd
MON 1
TAM 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3