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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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63


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