While the Anaheim Ducks appear to have a stranglehold on the second seed in the Western Conference playoff chase, the Los Angeles Kings are in a dogfight to secure the fourth seed and home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
When the two teams meet again on Saturday night at 8 p.m. PT on Prime Ticket, it marks the fourth and final regular season meeting and the players will tell you the rivalry is at an all-time high.
There is always hatred when you play the Kings. You have too. Weve been playing them for years. They are one of the teams you have to go through if you want to win a championship, said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Its a huge game every time we play them. The fans really get up for it. Its a big two points for us, said the Kings' Mike Richard.
Enemies on the ice, the Ducks' Bobby Ryan and the Kings' Anze Kopitar, have become close friends off the ice. The two developed a friendship during the recent NHL lockout when they played for Mora IK in Swedens...