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Familiar Foes: Ontario Reign and San Deigo Gulls

The Reign and Gulls are extremely acquainted with one another and will meet in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

They say familiarity breeds contempt, and the Ontario Reign and San Diego Gulls will have faced each other 12 times in the AHL's regular season.

Now, the two teams will face each other in the best-of-5 Conference Quarterfinal of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs

If the opening round matchup winds up needing all five games to be decided, the Reign and Gulls will have played each other in nine of their previous ten games.

If the two teams weren't already intimately familiar with one another, the two teams met last season in the Conference Semi-Finals, with Ontario defeating the Gulls in five games, 4-1.

Both teams have undergone significant changes since last season, but there should be some faces on the Gulls roster that LA Kings fans are especially familiar with.

JORDAN SAMUELS-THOMAS

During the 2015-16 season, the 6'4 left winger appeared in 58 games for the Reign, scoring 12 goals and 22 points.

The Connecticut native provided size, veteran depth and an ability to score from the "bottom six" of the lineup.

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In 55 games with the Gulls this season, Samuels-Thomas scored 12 goals and 24 points and cut back significantly on his PIM.

JHONAS ENROTH

Enroth appeared in 16 games for the LA Kings while backing up Jonathan Quick during the 2015-16 season.

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Drafted by the Sabres in 2006, Enroth performed well against his former team, posting a shutout and 2-1 OT loss.

Tweet from @LAKings: #LAKings' Jhonas Enroth talks following his 23-save shutout performance tonight against Buffalo.https://t.co/z0QUE9u1yq

Since being acquired in a trade from Toronto in January, Enroth's play for the Gulls has been stellar.

His 13-4 record, paltry 1.65 GAA, and impressive 0.939 SV% have secured the starting role, "as long as he's with us," according to Gulls play by play announcer Craig Elsten.

JEFF SCHULTZ

Jeff Schultz appeared in 185 games for the Manchester Monarchs/Ontario Reign, but it was his seven game appearance during the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup run that endeared him to Kings fans and players, earning him a spot on the Stanley Cup.

He's also responsible for one of the greatest Stanley Cup photos ever.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Jeff Shultz floating in syle with the #stanleycup @HockeyHallFame @nhl @LAKingsPR @SportsCenter @SportsNation pic.twitter.com/2al42ohIXn

The 6'6 defender, nicknamed "Mr. Nasty" by Pierre McGuire, followed it all up by helping the Manchester Monarchs capture the Calder Cup the following season.

Tweet from @ArashMarkazi: Jeff Schultz won the Stanley Cup on June 13, 2014 with the Kings and the Calder Cup on June 13, 2015 with the Monarchs.

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