The records of these two National Hockey League teams that call the greater Los Angeles area home and what they have done as of late may well answer this question quite clearly.
The Anaheim Ducks remain in first place in the NHL’s Pacific Division after wining their sixth straight game on Tuesday night, the latest victim being the Detroit Red Wings in the Ducks’ 5-2 win at Joe Louis Arena.
Here are the highlights of their latest triumph:
At 24-7-5 and with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry leading the team with 39 points and 22 goals, respectively, Anaheim has 53 points in 36 games and is three points ahead of the second place team, which incidentally plays their home games about 30 miles north of the Honda Center…
The Los Angeles Kings have been every bit as hot as their Orange County rivals in winning seven of their past eight contests, including a 3-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Staples Center after winning three of four during their latest road trip.
The man of the hour on this black and silver-clad team is clearly Martin Jones, the rookie who became the first Kings’ goalie to win his first six starts between the pipes on Tuesday.
Which would be impressive enough except for the fact that three of Jones’ six wins have come via the shutout.
Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 29 points, and his 11 goals is tied with Justin Williams for the lead in that area as the Kings sport an overall record of 23-8-4, good for 50 points in their 35 games.
These are the highlights of their 3-0 triumph over Edmonton:
As for whether or not the Los Angeles area can be classified as the New Hockey Town…
With all due respect and apologies to the Red Wings and their fans, the evidence is overwhelming in favor of Southern California, a region that has never been known for cold weather or snow and most likely never will, taking over from Detroit in being classified as “Hockey Town”.
At least for now.
After all, there are four NHL teams that can say they have over 50 points so far this season, and the Kings and Ducks are two of them with the other two being the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Things may change, of course; either or both of L.A’s two teams may go into a massive slump.
But for the time being, folks must acknowledge the strength of SoCal hockey at this point.