The importance of a late-season meeting between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks isn't lost on Kings forward Milan Lucic.
Especially when so much is on the line, including a shot at claiming the Pacific Division title on Thursday at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-SD, PRIME, FWS-W, NHL.TV).
"Playing against a team that also has something to play for, so it's going to be that playoff-type of game right before the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs," Lucic said following the Kings' 5-4 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. "I think that's why we're all looking forward to that game Thursday night. It's a big one for both teams."