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Practice Report: "It's Going to be a Man's Game"

Friday, 05.2.2014 / 12:47 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: \"It\'s Going to be a Man\'s Game\"
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

On the eve of a historic postseason matchup between two rivals that was two decades in the making, the Battle for Southern California figures to be worth the wait.

The Ducks and Kings, rivals since Anaheim’s inaugural 1993-94 season, have played 117 regular-season games against each other all-time. The Ducks have a record of 53-41-23 vs. the Kings, going 28-13-15 at home and 25-28-8 on the road. The 2013-14 season series saw the Ducks go 4-0-1 vs. the Kings, including 1-0-1 at home and 3-0-0 on the road.

And tomorrow night, they take their rivalry to the grand stage. “With the rivalry that we have already, it’s just going to amp it up that much more,” said Corey Perry. “It’s great to be a part of this. I know both teams are eager to get this started.”

“Southern California has been waiting for this matchup for a very long time,” said Teemu Selanne. “It’s finally here. It’s going to be a tough series. Two tough teams with a lot of respect for each other, but, same hand, it’s a lot of competing.”

Selanne then put on his marketing hat when asked what this rivalry will do for the Southern California sports scene. “The rivalry has always been there, but we knew it needed one playoff series. Now it’ll be on another level,” he said. “There is a lot of competition in the marketplace on and off the ice. Marketing for the both teams…this is the time to take advantage of it.”

What the Stars possessed in speed, the Kings have in physicality. It’ll be an all-out battle on the ice during this seven-game series, and the Ducks say they’re ready for what lies ahead. “It’s going to be a war,” said rugged forward Patrick Maroon. “This is going to be a man’s game, and you’ve got to bring your working boots. We’re all excited here. We’re ready to get things going.”

Maroon had 14 hits in Anaheim’s six-game first-round series vs. Dallas, and ranks second in the league (behind LA’s Kyle Clifford) with 36 penalty minutes.

“We’re both big, strong teams, and that’s what playoff hockey is all about,” Maroon said. “We’re very excited for this series. We know what we’re supposed to do. Bring a lot of energy, get pucks deep, no turnovers and clog up the neutral zone.”

The Ducks enter Game 1 with a three-game winning streak on home ice during the postseason. During that series with the Stars, the players praised the fans for playing a major role in their success. They’ll look for that push once more in this series with the Kings.

“They’re a huge factor, especially because LA will probably bring some fans here,” said Maroon. “We need all of our fans in the building to be as loud as they can. Be a good presence because once they’re going, we’re going. That’s the biggest part. They did a good job in the first round, so let’s keep it going in the second round.”

“The home crowd can be such a huge advantage for the home team,” said Selanne. “It almost feels like the seventh player out there. The first series was awesome, and I’m expecting even more now. You’ve got enjoy every second.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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