After two season-opening games in London
as part of NHL Premiere, the Ducks-Kings rivalry resumes in the Southland for two games this week beginning Tuesday at Honda Center.
Following a highly contentious 2006-07 season series between the teams, which featured three shootouts and seven of eight games decided by one goal, the Ducks and Kings opened this season by each earning 4-1 victories in the two games abroad.
“They’re our No.1 rival in the division,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “It’s a cross-town rivalry. We’re 45 minutes away. Every game last year was very close. I would dare to say that it’s going to be highly contested again this year in all the games against Los Angeles
The Ducks enjoy the rivalry and are eager to face the Kings for the first time this season since Sept. 30.
“The atmosphere’s great whether it’s here or at Staples Center
,” Andy McDonald said. “The league wants to create rivalries to make it better for fans. Certainly there’s been one here with Los Angeles
for a long time. I think the intensity picks up. It’s usually a more physical game. I know the guys get pretty geared up for it.”
Neither the Ducks nor the Kings lacks passion in their play when they meet and back-to-back games against one another this week will only make that intensity on the ice higher.
“Back-to-back games have a possibility to create a little bad blood, especially if they’re rivals like we are with the Kings,” McDonald said. “I think that was the intention with the scheduling. Having the games back-to-back makes the games exciting for the fans.”
Both the Ducks and the Kings enter Tuesday’s game on high notes having come from behind to win their previous contests.
The Ducks defeated San Jose
3-2 in a shootout on Friday after trailing the Sharks 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the third period.
After trailing Dallas
4-0 with less than eight minutes left in the game, the Kings got six goals in the last 9:48 of the game, including overtime, to defeat the Stars 6-5 on Saturday.
“That kind of comeback you rarely see,” said McDonald of the Kings win over Dallas
. “They probably have a little bit of momentum scoring that many goals in such a short period of time. We know they’re going to come out hard on Tuesday.”
Added Carlyle: “We’ll have to be prepared for an energetic group that’s prepared to play that type of hockey for 60 minutes. It’s an important game for both hockey clubs.”
The telecast of the Ducks-Kings game Tuesday night will be aired in two different versions both FSN Prime Ticket and FSN West. FSN Prime Ticket will show the regular telecast of the game while FSN West will provide a rinkside angle and behind-the-scenes features (all in HD). Also during the telecast, they will be revealing the name of the winning entry in the Name the Rivalry content between Freezeway Series, Freeway Faceoff, Ice-5 Series and Crosstown Showdown.