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Video: Brown hits Stoner, glass pops out

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The Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings are meeting for the second time this week in a battle between the two Southern California teams.

Early in the third period, Kings’ captain Dustin Brown hit Ducks’ defenseman Clayton Stoner with a routine hit popping the glass out and onto the fans.

Have a look:

Depleted Ducks: Smith-Pelly (upper body) out for Anaheim

The Anaheim Ducks will be without young forward Devante Smith-Pelly thanks to an upper-body injury. The team announced that Chris Wagner was recalled from the AHL with Smith-Pelly out of the lineup.

Smith-Pelly, 22, scored two of his seven points from this season in the last three games. With the Ducks among the several Western Conference teams dealing with the mumps – Corey Perry doesn’t seem like he’ll be back this weekend, according to the OC Register’s Eric Stephens – the young winger will be missed that much more.

Here’s one guess on what specifically is bothering “DSP.”

The Ducks managed a frantic 6-5 shootout win against the Kings on Thursday.

While Anaheim’s health is fading, the Kings seem to be getting more robust, as Robyn Regehr re-enters the lineup.

Goalie nods: Bob’s back

All the latest from the blue paint…

Finally some relief for Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets broke their nine-game slump last night. Now they get Sergei Bobrovsky back in net.

It’s not fair to pin their nine-game losing streak on Curtis McElhinney and Anton Forsberg alone – Bob was in net for the first two defeats in that skid – yet the Blue Jackets appear to be healing up. It’s an open question if they can dig themselves out of a month-sized hole, but Bobrovsky’s return seems like a sign of better things to come.

That said, Bobrovsky has some work to do himself. He’s just 4-4-0 with a .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. For a guy turning down extension offers in a contract year, that’s not up to snuff.

The San Jose Sharks are likely to trot out Antti Niemi against Bobrovsky.

Elsewhere …

Hurricanes at Bruins: Cam Ward tries to continue his recent strong work for Carolina while Tuukka Rask attempts to turn things around for Boston.

Wild at Stars: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota and Kari Lehtonen expected for Dallas.

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Anersen seeks redemption for Anaheim against Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles.

Jets at Predators: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Pekka Rinne.

Maple Leafs at Sabres: James Reimer is expected for Toronto, Michal Neuvirth’s in for Buffalo.

Flyers at Canadiens: Ray Emery may get a rare start for Philly against Carey Price and Montreal.

Rangers at Penguins: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Islanders at Lightning: Chad Johnson vs. Ben Bishop.

Avalanche at Devils: Semyon Varlamov’s in for Colorado, Cory Schneider expected for New Jersey.

Capitals at Blues: Justin Peters vs. Brian Elliott.

Senators at Flames: Craig Anderson vs. Karri Ramo.

Martinez has finger surgery; Sutter doesn’t like all the minutes Doughty is playing

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Kings defenseman Alec Martinez had finger surgery this morning, no doubt a result of the injury he suffered blocking a shot during last night’s 2-0 loss to Dallas.

GM Dean Lombardi says it’s too early to know about a possible timeline for return, according to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

On the bright side for the defending champs, veteran d-man Robyn Regehr may be back for tomorrow’s game against Anaheim. The 34-year-old has missed the last three contests with an undisclosed injury.

But expect once again to see Drew Doughty logging big minutes. He’s played at least 30 minutes in five of the last eight Kings’ games, as the team has been short d-men due to injuries and the suspension to Slava Voynov.

“He has been playing a lot of minutes,” coach Darryl Sutter said of Doughty. “Do we like that? No. But that’s where we’re at. You know what? I look at that all the time, too. It’s too many minutes. He’s going to tell you he’s fine with it, but over the long haul, that’s too many.”

Even knowing that, Sutter saw fit to play new d-man Jamie McBain just 10:04 against the Stars.

If you missed it last night, here’s the Martinez injury:

Snakebit? Five forwards that take plenty of shots, but haven’t scored much

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It was Wayne Gretzky (or was it Michael Scott?) who once said you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. For the following five guys, taking shots hasn’t been an issue this season — getting them across the goal line has.

1. Justin Williams

The reigning Conn Smythe winner has a career 9.3 shooting percentage and has always been something of a volume shooter. That latter trend’s continued this season, with a team-high 51 shots on goal though 16 games (putting Williams on pace for 250-plus, the same amount he had during his two 30-goal campaigns in Carolina.)

The former trend, though, hasn’t carried over.

The 33-year-old winger has just two goals this season (a 3.9 shooting percentage) and just one in his last 12 games. His production has been flat across the board but especially down on the power play, where he has no goals and just one assist. Following Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Dallas, Williams acknowledged both he and the Kings’ entire man-advantage unit need to be better.

“Our power play has got to score some big goals for us at some point, if not goals then momentum,” he said, per LA Kings Insider. “I don’t know. We’ll get better.”

2. Marian Hossa

Goals have never been hard to come by for Hossa, he of the 466 career tallies and three 40-goal campaigns. Some of that has to do with prolific shot totals — during his Atlanta days, Hossa fired 340 and 341 shots on goal in back-to-back years — and some of that has to do with his career 12.7 shooting percentage.

But much like Williams, Hossa’s current campaign has gone in a different direction.

The Slovak winger is still firing away, with 50 shots through 16 games, but only two have found the back of the net (a 4.0 shooting percentage). His lack of output could be a big reason why Chicago’s struggled to score goals this year; the ‘Hawks sit 19th in the NHL in goals per game (2.56) and, collectively, have a team shooting percentage of 6.7 — fourth-lowest in the league.

3. Mikko Koivu

Koivu’s never been a sniper (his career-high in goals is 22) and has failed to crack the 200-shot plateau in each of the last five seasons, but this year he’s firing away more frequently and sits second among all Wild skaters in shots, with 49.

Yet he only has two goals to show for it — and both came within a four-game stretch.

Koivu’s season has been a story of goalless streaks. It took six games for him to get his first of the year, and Thursday’s 6-3 win over Buffalo marked his sixth straight without one.

“There’s no question — absolutely,” coach Mike Yeo said about whether Koivu (4.1 shooting percentage) was disappointed with his start, per the Pioneer Press. “It weighs on him, but in talking with him, he’s handled it really well. We’ve really liked his game, he feels confident about his game and I think he’s handled not being on the score sheet in a very responsible manner. He’s doing a lot of really good things.”

Koivu’s on record saying he feels like he’s creating chances, and his spike in shot totals would reflect that. It is worth noting, however, that Koivu’s lack of production has often coincided while skating on a line with free agent pickup Thomas Vanek.

Vanek, like Koivu, has struggled to find the back of the net this year with just one goal through 15 games.

4. David Perron

It’s been a tough go for Perron, especially after he scored a career-high 28 goals for the Oilers last year (on a career-high 220 shots). Perron has a 2.4 shooting percentage this season — way down from his career average of 12.8 — and opened the campaign on a 10-game goalless streak.

Lack of secondary scoring is one of Edmonton’s major issues this season, and Perron knows he’s one of the guys expected to provide it.

“Offensively we need support from more than one line, obviously,” he explained, per the Edmonton Sun. ‘It’s on me, it’s on some of the guys on the second and third lines to provide that. We have to be up to the challenge.”

5. Chris Stewart

Much has been made of Buffalo’s ridiculously low shot totals this season — like that night they only mustered 10 against Toronto — which makes Stewart a rather interesting case study.

Stewart has 42 shots, which not only leads the Sabres but represents 10 percent of the teams’ overall total. Which is good. But Stewart has just one goal on the year, a 2.4 shooting percentage. Which is bad.

Like many of the other guys on this list, Stewart’s shooting percentage is down significantly from his career average. At 12.6 throughout his six years in the league, he’s never been a volume shooter (cracking the 200 plateau just one) but has developed a knack for capitalizing on opportunities.

Just not so far.