The Kings advanced to round two after coming back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks, and the Ducks advanced to round two after 4-2 series win over the Dallas Stars.
Each time has a Stanley Cup under their belt, and an immense amount of playoff history. Fans, players, coaches, and observers, have long awaited this match up and on Saturday the battle of the two teams begins.
Earlier in the season the Kings and Ducks faced off in the first ever Stadium Series, and Dodger Stadium. Southern California hockey has come a long way. There’s the “Great One” aka Wayne Gretzky to thank and the success of these two teams to popularize hockey in Southern California.
You don’t want to miss this match-up and big moment in Southern California hockey history.
Here is the official schedule for round two. Games 1, 2 and 3 will be broadcast on NBCSN, TSN and RDS. The broadcast schedule for Game 4 and any additional games will be announced at a later date.
Game 1, Los Angeles at Anaheim: Saturday, May 3, 5:00 p.m.
Game 2, Los Angeles at Anaheim: Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3, Anaheim at Los Angeles: Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, Anaheim at Los Angeles: Saturday, May 10, TBD
Game 5, Los Angeles at Anaheim: Monday, May 12, TBD*
Game 6, Anaheim at Los Angeles: Wednesday, May 14, TBD*
Game 7, Los Angeles at Anaheim: Friday, May 16, TBD*
*if necessary. All times PT.
Drew Doughty spoke to Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com on taking on the Ducks:
It’s huge. The Ducks and Kings have never met in the playoffs and everyone wants there to be this rivalry between the two teams and I feel like the players just don’t have that yet. Now that we’re finally going to play each other in the playoffs, it’s going to create a rivalry. No matter who you play in the playoffs it creates turmoil, it creates battles, and it makes you not enjoy playing that other team. So that’s what’s going to happen.
Dustin Brown also spoke on the matter:
Like I said, it’s different playing them in the regular season. We’ve never had a chance to play them in the postseason. Postseason hockey is just different. It’s a different animal and we have to be ready. They were the top team in the Western Conference or at least our division, I can’t really remember. It’s one of those things where they’re a good team.
Jarret Stoll, on observing Southern California hockey culture as a visitor, and as a King:
Coming here as a visiting team, they had some tough years, obviously. Those players that played here would probably tell you that it wasn’t a very tough place to come into and play at Staples Center. It is now. We’ve changed that culture. But it’s a very unique place. Living down in the South Bay where we do now, it’s an unbelievable little town – towns I guess. We’re very fortunate to live where we live and have the practice facility really close, to have the airport really close. I may be biased here, but this has to be the best place in the league to play with how well we’re treated, our fan base and how everything has been turned around, sellouts every game, no question. Like I said, with the practice facility and where we live and the lifestyle which we do live. There are various things to do in LA, yes, if you want to get distracted you probably can, but if you get distracted you probably won’t be in the league very long. We’re hockey players. We want to play. We want to win. You have a good team, a team that has a chance to win and you’ve got to take advantage of that. The windows aren’t very long and they don’t come around that often to win championships. You have to realize when you have the opportunity. And for us in LA here, there’s no better place. You wake up today and it’s 80, 85 degrees outside and you get some vitamin D and get some energy back in your body and it feels really good. I’m pretty sure Matt agrees with a lot of the stuff I said, me and him coming over here from Edmonton. There are so many positives, I can go on and on here.Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL