Morning Report: Crosstown Rivalry Renewed

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:05 PM / News
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Morning Report: Crosstown Rivalry Renewed
Though the Ducks and Kings have yet to meet in the postseason, you can guarantee there will be a playoff-type atmosphere inside Honda Center tonight for the first of five meetings between the crosstown rivals.
"It's going to be fun playing out there. I remember the rookie games being pretty crowded. That was a lot fun and I can imagine how it's going to be tonight." -- Hampus Lindholm
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Though the Ducks and Kings have yet to meet in the postseason, you can guarantee there will be a playoff-type atmosphere inside Honda Center tonight for the first of five meetings between the crosstown rivals.

Tonight will be game No. 113 all-time against the Kings and the 56th at home. In addition, the Ducks (18-7-4, .690 win/points percentage) and Kings (17-7-4, .679 win/points percentage) currently have a combined record of 35-14-8 (.684 winning/points percentage), which marks the best combined record the two clubs have had when facing each other all-time.

Ben Lovejoy experienced the rivalry for the first time last season, and today he compared it to the legendary battles between the Penguins and Flyers. Lovejoy started his career with Pittsburgh and played in five games against the Flyers as a member of the Pens.

“I think it’s very similar,” he said. “They’ve been doing it a little longer, but these are two bitter rivals. These are the games on our calendar we circle and know are coming. We were a little better this morning during the pregame skate just because we’re playing the Kings tonight.”

Hockey in Southern California has grown so much that this is really the crown jewel of hockey in this area.  Ben Lovejoy

Adds Lovejoy, “It’s just two really good teams playing against each other. This is one of those games where, no matter how you’re feeling, you’re excited for it. You know the crowd is going to be into it, you know your teammates are going to be into it, and you know [the Kings] are going to be into it. Hockey in Southern California has grown so much that this is really the crown jewel of hockey in this area. Tonight will be a normal battle against these guys and a good preparation for the game at Dodger Stadium.

“I’m sure eventually we’ll meet in the playoffs, but for right now, this is as bitter as it comes,” he said. “We’ve got Dustin Penner on our side this year. That will be a big momentum shift for us.”

Rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm got a taste of the rivalry earlier this year in the form of two SoCal Hockey Futures Games against Kings prospects in September. The teams played twice, once in front of a raucous Honda Center crowd and again two days later at the Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo.

“It’s going to be fun playing out there,” he said. “I remember the rookie games being pretty crowded. That was a lot of fun and I can just imagine how it’s going to be tonight. I’m excited.”

Lindholm, 19, also played in the second of two preseason games against the Kings, scoring the Ducks’ lone goal (on the power play) in their 2-1 loss at Staples Center on September 24.

“We really want the first one, so it’s going to be a good one tonight,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. A rivalry like this will almost make it feel like a playoff game. There will be a lot of emotions out there, so we’re going to work hard for this one. We just need to get out there and get the win.”

INJURY UPDATES
Bryan Allen
wasn’t on the ice, but head coach Bruce Boudreau said his game status wasn’t contingent on whether he skated this morning or not.

“He’ll be a game-time decision,” he said. “He’ll take [pregame] warmup and we’ll see. We wanted to give him until the last minute. We didn’t want him to push it out there. He’ll push it in warmup and he’ll give us an indication.”

Francois Beauchemin also wasn’t on the ice, and Boudreau said he can’t give a timeline on his approximate return until he starts skating.

I don’t know if it’s dislike, hatred, or the Kings wanting to be the number one team in Southern California. But, it brings the best and worst out of the fans and best and worst out of the players. It should be an interesting game.  Bruce Boudreau

ON THE KINGS
“It’s a great rivalry,” said Boudreau. “I don’t know if it’s dislike, hatred, or the Kings wanting to be the number one team in Southern California. But, it brings the best and worst out of the fans and best and worst out of the players. It should be an interesting game.”

Tonight will be the second of back-to-backs for the Kings, who handed the Blues just their fifth regulation loss of the season last night in L.A.

“We watched the San Jose game and thought they should’ve won that game,” Boudreau said. “They definitely deserved to win last night’s game. There’s a reason why they’ve only lost one game in their last 12 or 13. They call those things a trap game, and I see where that would be. It was Calgary’s second game in back-to-backs and [the Kings] were looking forward to playing San Jose and St. Louis. I’d venture to guess they’re allowed a mulligan on that one.

“They’re just a very good team that won the Stanley Cup. Last year, if they didn’t get so beat up in the previous two series, they would’ve beat Chicago and won the Stanley Cup again last year.”

DUCKS-KINGS
The Ducks and Kings will play five times this season, highlighted by the 2014 Stadium Series game on Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium. Anaheim is 49-41-22 all-time against Los Angeles, including a 29-13-13 home record. The Ducks have outscored the Kings in the all-time series, 319-311 (shootout goals excluded). Teemu Selanne leads the Ducks in career scoring vs. the Kings, earning 118 points (52g/66a) in 102 games. Captain Ryan Getzlaf enters tonight's game on a four-game scoring streak vs. Los Angeles, earning four points (2g/2a) since Mar. 16, 2012.

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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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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