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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 15 35 7 50
C. Perry 35 19 13 13 32
R. Kesler 50 13 19 -3 32
S. Vatanen 50 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 49 19 7 11 26
P. Maroon 42 6 19 1 25
C. Fowler 49 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 49 5 16 12 21
J. Silfverberg 50 6 13 2 19
R. Rakell 39 5 12 2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 7 5 .918 2.27
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28


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