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The Kings’ Drew Doughty (#8) being congratulated by his teammates during a recent game at Staples Center. Photo courtesy of wokv.com
BY NICHOLE CHOICE
Here is our Hockey Lady, Nichole Choice, back for her second go-around voicing her enthusiastic opinions on downtown’s Los Angeles Kings and Orange County’s Anaheim Ducks for this site as SoCal’s two NHL teams are a month into the season.
Nichole has exuded nothing but positivity and optimism for the both the Kings and the Ducks, and this article promises to feature more of the same, so read on and enjoy…
Hello, hockey family! What’s good?
Hockey Lady is here to chop it up about our two Southern California teams, the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings!
Things have been very interesting and busy since we last touched base, so let’s dive right in!
The Ducks were victorious over the San Jose Sharks this past weekend, and it was a wonderful feeling because it marked four victories in a row. It was something the Ducks and their fans really needed, considering the painfully long five game losing streak we started the season off with.
Some Anaheim Ducks, including Corey Perry (second from left), Ryan Getzlaf (#15), and Clayton Stoner (#3) during a game vs the Sharks in San Jose. Photo courtesy of 15minutenews.com
But sadly, that streak came to an end last night in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers. It’s not looking good so far for our Ducks this season with ten losses (three of them coming in overtime) and only five wins.
But it’s still early, so anything can happen, right? Because defenseman Cam Fowler appropriately came to the team’s defense (pun!) by correctly stating: “The start we got off to this year was unlike any other, really.”
Thank goodness for small favors like that! After all, it was only a couple of years ago, in the 2013-14 season, when the Ducks opened the campaign with seven consecutive wins.
That being said, there are only eleven games left in the month of November for our Ducks, so there is not much wiggle room. If there ever was a time to overcompensate, it is now!
Let’s check in on our Kings…
Like the Ducks, the Kings were also victorious during their most recent weekend game when they successfully defeated the Florida Panthers.
It appears that the Kings have been having a little more luck than the Ducks, but one must wonder if it is luck or simply seasoned skill, since one team technically has 27 years seniority in the league over the other.
But remember, many speculate to this day that the Ducks began as an experiment, so we’ll give those guys a break and continue to watch what happens with both SoCal teams.
Kings forward Tanner Pearson battling a Florida Panther for the puck during their recent game. Photo courtesy of nbclosangeles.com
Seniority and team origin speculation about teams cohesiveness factors aside, the Kings, like the Ducks, had a rough start to the season.
The difference between the two teams right now, however, lies in the fact that the Kings have been able to turn their losses around with far more aplomb, since they have been able to break their season opening losing streak in just three games back on October 16th, whereas the Ducks broke free of their losing streak chains after four games two days later.
But here’s a crucial factor that sets the two teams apart: what happened after the respective losing streaks were broken?
The Los Angeles Kings have gone on to enjoy an amazing winning streak of seven in a row that lasted the entire month of October while when the Ducks broke their losing streak, it was a one-timer, and they continued to lose for the rest of that month; quite tear-worthy indeed.
So what does it all mean?
Is all hope lost for the Ducks this season? Are the Kings serious contenders for the 2016 Stanley Cup?
Well, according to ESPN, those L.A. Kings are in fact the top contender for the Cup! Stevie Wonder could see that the way the Kings are playing right now, they will certainly last until June of next year!
So next up for the Kings are the Arizona Coyotes, who most recently and ironically kicked some serious Anaheim Duck booty in a crushing and costly overtime defeat that the Ducks were totally favored to win by CBS Sports’ many experts and pundits. So in other words, it’s easy to speculate that the highly favored to win this season’s Stanley Cup Los Angeles Kings will have their way with those Coyotes tonight, even on their turf.
Until December, stay tuned, and we’ll talk hockey again next month!
Until then, I am your #HockeyLady!