With an eight-point cushion and 10 games left, it seems like the Anaheim Ducks have a safe lead atop the Pacific Division.
Coach Bruce Boudreau isn't so sure.
The Ducks look to take another step toward their first division title in six years with Sunday's visit from the Los Angeles Kings, who would love to continue their recent hot stretch by pulling closer to their crosstown rivals.
Anaheim (25-8-5) built a 12-point lead in the Pacific with its 22-3-4 start, then lost four straight in regulation before earning seven points from its next four games.
The Ducks are hoping Friday's 3-1 loss to Dallas isn't the start of another poor stretch as it chases its first Pacific crown since its run to the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. They're eight points ahead of the Kings (22-13-3) for the division lead and nine points up on San Jose, but Los Angeles certainly has Boudreau's full attention.
"It's pretty hard to treat it like another game," he told the Ducks' official website. "It's the Kings v...