There have been two Southern California-based hockey teams since the Ducks -- then the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim -- joined the Kings in the Pacific Division in 1993. But is there a real rivalry?
The teams play spirited games every season, in front of raucous crowds. But some would argue that rivalries aren't truly forged until the playoffs, and Kings coach Terry Murray doesn't disagree.
To that end, the Kings and Ducks haven't even come close. In fact, last season was the first time the two teams even made the playoffs in the same season, when the Ducks finished fourth in the Western Conference and the Kings were seventh.
The teams played Wednesday night in Los Angeles -- a 2-1 Kings shootout victory -- and play again Thursday in Anaheim. Murray can imagine how intense a seven-game "freeway series" would be.
"I think it helps, whenever you have a couple years of playoffs," Murray said. "There's a little bit more reason to get heated up for the regular-season games. But this is a g...