The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks have developed a rivalry after meeting in two of the last four postseasons. Now they are division rivals once again.
These teams meet as Pacific Division opponents for the first time since 1997-98 when their five-game season series opens Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Vancouver (11-5-2) captured the final five Northwest Division titles before joining an expanded Pacific that has been the NHL's most competitive division so far with five teams totaling at least 20 points.
That quintet includes these teams that have some recent familiarity. Vancouver won a first-round series in six games in 2010 before eighth-seeded Los Angeles (10-6-0) returned the favor with a first-round victory in five games two years later en route to capturing its first Stanley Cup.
"Tough team," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Used to winning the division, and now they're in a bigger division, and they're trying to win it. So we've got our hands full. It's a good ...