Bruce Boudreau is currently writing a playoff blog for the LA Times
, in which he begrudgingly admits he likes the Kings (currently up 2-0 in their conference semifinal series with St. Louis) to come out of the West:
It’s hard to say this, but the most impressive team so far has been the Kings. I’ve said from the beginning of the playoffs, they are as well-rounded a team as there is right now. Darryl [Sutter] does a really good job implementing his system and makes great adjustments during the course of a game. It’s quite a battle when you face them.
Boudreau writes that he believes it will be Kings-Rangers for the Cup.
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In case you didn't already know, six Ducks are playing in the IIHF World Championships IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, which will be played May 4-20. Bobby Ryan
, Cam Fowler
and Kyle Palmieri
will skate for USA, Corey Perry
and Ryan Getzlaf
with Canada and Luca Sbisa
with Switzerland. While the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds of the tournament will be split between sites in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, all six of the Ducks will only be playing at games in Helsinki at Hartwall Arena. The semifinal and medal round games will also take place exclusively in Helsinki. Here's a schedule of the games
involving the Ducks. Games involving Team USA (including Saturday's match with Team Canada) will be televised on NBC Sports Network. We'll be providing coverage (including video highlights) on AnaheimDucks.com as well as our Facebook