Anaheim Ducks And Los Angeles Kings Ready For Respective Stanley Cup Runs
Either the Anaheim Ducks or Los Angeles Kings will return the Stanley Cup to Southern California this year.
Both teams are ready for a Stanley Cup run.
There is an extremely high possibility that one of these two teams will make it to the Stanley Cup Final this year.
The last time these two teams met was in the 2013-2014 season during the playoffs in the Western Conference Finals, which is when the L.A Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup that year in 2014 and they won the it in 2012 as well.
Both of these teams have consistently been in the playoffs the last few years, either together or just one club.
The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, and last year they were head-to-head with the now-defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, taking the series to seven games and losing in the finale.
In the last two years the Anaheim Ducks have been one game away from appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Is this year their year or will the L.A. Kings enter the playoffs as a major threat after failing to make them last year?
These two teams have faced each other multiple times in the playoffs, including a memorable Western Conference semi-finals in 2014 in which the Anaheim Ducks fell short to the L.A Kings who went on to win the cup that year.
What also makes these series memorable is the fights, which hurt to watch as well. And between all the talent, skill, fights, and great games, this just shows how much emotion both teams exert on the ice when playing against each other.
If it wasn’t already, it is now, and still is, becoming one of hockey’s great rivalries.
Hockey is the only sport where you can legally hit someone to an extent and not receive any consequences or punishments for those actions.
Last week both the Ducks and Kings were number one and two in the Pacific Division.
The Ducks led by one point, 83 to 82.
Currently, the L.A. Kings are in first place and the Anaheim Ducks are in second place and still by one point; 84 points for the Kings to 83 for the Ducks.
According to where both teams sit in the playoff picture, they would have to face each other in the quarterfinals to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
This is because both teams are the top two teams in their division.
In order for them to meet each other in the Western Conference Finals is that one them would have to end up being the second wild card and that means another team in the Pacific Division will have to move up to second in the Pacific Division.
Is this year the year the Anaheim Ducks make the Stanley Cup?
If third time is still the charm, it very well could be the case.
But don’t think the Kings will just let that happen.