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

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 3:47 PM / News
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Practice Report: \"It\'s Going to be a Man\'s Game\"
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.
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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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