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Off The Post - Playoff Foes

by Deborah Lew / Los Angeles Kings

*Editor’s Note: staff writer Deborah Lew will boldly seek to satisfy the burning curiosity of fans by using current events and thought-provoking creativity to get a comprehensive off-the-ice look at the boys who’ve captured our hearts and our attention span 82+ nights every year. Each edition will feature two questions: 1) The “Shot,” which will relate to the player giving the answer; and 2) The “Pass,” which will ask the player to name a teammate. Keep checking back for new exciting editions of “Off the Post!”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s the time of year when stitches find homes, ice packs make their way out of the depths of the freezer, and walking boots work in tandem with hockey skates.

It’s also the time of year when screaming voices have a little more power, the bar tab gets a little higher, and ordinarily dependable friends go MIA for two months.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have begun.

If you’re a hockey fan, whether your team is in the playoffs or not, you know the feeling, and your personal schedule has already been cleared until mid-June.

But, as any hockey player will tell you, injuries aside, it’s also the most exciting time of the year for them. The adrenaline, the passion and the stakes are higher than ever, and everyone is competing for one thing…a ring.

As your LA Kings embark on their fifth consecutive playoff journey, and look to eliminate the San Jose Sharks for the second year in a row, before the series your favorite players took a moment to reflect on playoffs past, and what they hope will never be a playoff future!

Game 2 is in San Jose on Sunday at 7 p.m. Watch it on FOX Sports West and listen to it on 1150 AM The Patriot.

The Shot: Who is the most difficult player you’ve ever played against in the playoffs?

The Pass: Which of your teammates would you never want to face in the playoffs?

Jarret Stoll

Shot: Not physically, but Scott Niedermayer was pretty difficult to play against.

Pass: Jonathan Quick

Justin Williams

Shot: Chris Pronger

Pass: Quickie

Willie Mitchell

Shot: Peter Forsberg

Pass: Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Shot: When I was in Calgary I played against Brayden Schenn a few times and he was pretty dominant in those series.

Pass: Kopi

Matt Greene

Shot: Steve Yzerman

Pass: Quickie

Drew Doughty

Shot: Henrik Sedin

Pass: Quickie

Alec Martinez

Shot: They’re all hard to play against, it’s playoff hockey, there isn’t one particular person.

Pass: Jonathan Quick

Anze Kopitar

Shot: Jonathan Toews

Pass: Justin Williams

Robyn Regehr

Shot: Probably Nicklas Lidstrom. Faced him in 2004 and he’s such a smart player. As a defenseman we’re sometimes we’re coming out trying to block his shots on the power play and he would almost always shoot it past you and look past you and make plays. He was just a very difficult guy to play against.

Pass: Jonathan Quick

Jordan Nolan

Shot: Marian Hossa

Pass: Drew Doughty, he’s obviously one of the most skilled guys in the League, but he’s also very competitive.

Kyle Clifford

Shot: Any goalie! They’re usually pretty good.

Pass: Quickie

Tyler Toffoli

Shot: Duncan Keith

Pass: Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson

Shot: I’ve only played one game, so I’ll go with Joe Thornton

Pass: Robyn Regehr

Dustin Brown

Shot: Duncan Keith

Pass: Jonathan Quick

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The LA Kings are proud to announce 5 Playoff Presenting Partners: McDonald’s (Regular Season Presenting Partner), TOYOTA, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, Mercury Insurance Company and Travel Alberta. Along with McDonald’s, all were season-long partners and will add to their playoff presence with this commitment. Elements of the presenting partnerships include tags in all Kings marketing efforts, increased in-arena exposure, logos on all in-arena giveaways, and a significant on-line presence.

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