The Rivalry Resumes Tuesday Night

Monday, 11.12.2007 / 7:12 PM / Features
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The Rivalry Resumes Tuesday Night

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

After two season-opening games in London as part of NHL Premiere, the Ducks-Kings rivalry resumes in the Southland for two games this week beginning Tuesday at Honda Center.

Following a highly contentious 2006-07 season series between the teams, which featured three shootouts and seven of eight games decided by one goal, the Ducks and Kings opened this season by each earning 4-1 victories in the two games abroad.

“They’re our No.1 rival in the division,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “It’s a cross-town rivalry. We’re 45 minutes away. Every game last year was very close. I would dare to say that it’s going to be highly contested again this year in all the games against Los Angeles.”

The Ducks enjoy the rivalry and are eager to face the Kings for the first time this season since Sept. 30.

“The atmosphere’s great whether it’s here or at Staples Center,” Andy McDonald said. “The league wants to create rivalries to make it better for fans. Certainly there’s been one here with Los Angeles for a long time. I think the intensity picks up. It’s usually a more physical game. I know the guys get pretty geared up for it.”

Neither the Ducks nor the Kings lacks passion in their play when they meet and back-to-back games against one another this week will only make that intensity on the ice higher.

“Back-to-back games have a possibility to create a little bad blood, especially if they’re rivals like we are with the Kings,” McDonald said. “I think that was the intention with the scheduling. Having the games back-to-back makes the games exciting for the fans.”

Both the Ducks and the Kings enter Tuesday’s game on high notes having come from behind to win their previous contests.

The Ducks defeated San Jose 3-2 in a shootout on Friday after trailing the Sharks 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the third period.

After trailing Dallas 4-0 with less than eight minutes left in the game, the Kings got six goals in the last 9:48 of the game, including overtime, to defeat the Stars 6-5 on Saturday.

“That kind of comeback you rarely see,” said McDonald of the Kings win over Dallas. “They probably have a little bit of momentum scoring that many goals in such a short period of time. We know they’re going to come out hard on Tuesday.”

Added Carlyle: “We’ll have to be prepared for an energetic group that’s prepared to play that type of hockey for 60 minutes. It’s an important game for both hockey clubs.”

The telecast of the Ducks-Kings game Tuesday night will be aired in two different versions both FSN Prime Ticket and FSN West. FSN Prime Ticket will show the regular telecast of the game while FSN West will provide a rinkside angle and behind-the-scenes features (all in HD). Also during the telecast, they will be revealing the name of the winning entry in the Name the Rivalry content between Freezeway Series, Freeway Faceoff, Ice-5 Series and Crosstown Showdown.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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