The lockout helped bring the Kings and Ducks together in Southern California as they figured that it would be far more beneficial to join forces than to practice in two smaller groups.
Nine time zones away, the same thing was happening on a much smaller scale. The modest town of Mora, Sweden, was treated to the sight of two talented forwards in their prime, Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the Anze Kopitar of the Kings, playing on the same line.
Seeing two NHL players who combined for 56 goals last season playing for a second-division Swedish outfit might be a once-in-a-generation thing.
On Saturday, Kopitar and Ryan played against each other for the first time since their Swedish sojourn. The Kings, who have recorded at least a point in their last four games, played the Ducks on Saturday night at Honda Center. Anaheim (4-1-1) is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season.
So, will that extra bit of familiarity give Kopitar any sort of additional edge against Ryan?
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