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It occurred to me that I’ve never posted the logos of SoCal’s NHL teams on this site, so here they are. Image courtesy of youtube.com
A LOOK AT HOW THE TWO NHL TEAMS BASED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARE DOING HALFWAY INTO THEIR SEASON
Particularly since those Kings and Ducks have been taking a break this week, resuming with the third of five games of this season’s Freeway Face-Off series this Saturday at Staples Center.
LOS ANGELES KINGS: 2017-18 BY THE NUMBERS (To This Point)
Record: 24-13-5, 53 points, second place in the Pacific Division
- Seven points behind the Las Vegas Golden Knights
- Fourth place overall in the NHL Western Conference
*Anze Kopitar, C: 17 goals, 27 assists, 44 points
Dustin Brown, RW: 15 goals, 17 assists, 32 points
Tyler Toffoli, C: 18 goals, 12 assists, 30 points
*Drew Doughty, D: 7 goals, 23 assists, 30 points
*Jonathan Quick, G: 19-13, 2.31 GAA, 960 saves, 3 shutouts
Highlights from the first Freeway Face-Off game of this season, the Kings beating the Ducks 4-3 in overtime on November 7th. Courtesy of YouTube.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: 2017-18 BY THE NUMBERS (To This Point)
Record: 19-15-9, 47 points, fifth place in the Pacific Division
- 13 points behind the Las Vegas Golden Knights
- Tied for 10th place in the Western Conference
*Rickard Rakell, C: 15 goals, 16 assists, 31 points
Ryan Getzlaf, C: 4 goals, 20 assists, 24 points
Jakob Silfverberg, RW: 11 goals, 11 assists, 22 points
Corey Perry, RW: 6 goals, 16 assists, 22 points
John Gibson, G: 13-13, 2.65 GAA, 994 saves 1 shutout
* = All-Star Game selection
2017-18 Freeway Face-Off Series To This Point:
Kings lead Ducks, two games to none
- Kings beat Ducks, 3-2, in overtime on November 7th
- Kings beat Ducks, 2-1, in a shootout on November 25th
FUTURE FREEWAY FACE-OFF GAMES:
– Ducks vs Kings at Staples Center, Saturday, January 13th, at 7:30 p.m.
– Kings vs Ducks at Honda Center, Friday, January 19th, at 7:00 p.m.
– Kings vs Ducks at Honda Center, Friday, March 30th, at 7:00 p.m.
Some Ducks and Kings engaging in a longtime part of NHL hockey. Photo courtesy of maximnaylor.com
A Few Thoughts:
To be honest, there’s really not that much to say about SoCal’s two hockey teams.
Both of them are doing fine and are in contention for the playoffs; the Ducks should be commended for that considering the injuries they’ve suffered as guys like Gezlaf, Perry and defensemen Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm have been out for various periods of time.
In looking at the won-loss records and the stats, the Kings are clearly having the better season so far.
But in my view the big hockey story of the season so far is not centered in downtown Los Angeles or Orange County, but 280 miles (about a five-hour drive) up I-15 at a place that’s much more known for gambling, partying, seeing big names in entertainment and generally having a great time.
Doses anyone besides me realize that those Las Vegas Golden Knights – a team that didn’t even exist at this time last year – sports the second most points in the National Hockey League and is poised to become the first team in the history of professional sports to end their inaugural season in first place?
Highlights from the Kings’ 2-1 shootout win over the Ducks at Staples Center on November 25th. Courtesy of YouTube.
Even though there’s a lot of hockey left to play and things can obviously change, that’s absolutely incredible to me!
As well as the fact that neither the Kings nor the Ducks have beaten them in the regular season yet.
The excitement between the two SoCal hockey fan bases will pick up big time when their teams meet twice in the next seven days, starting this Saturday at Staples Center.
As for the rest of the season and playoff chances for the Kings and the Ducks?
All I can say is that it will depend on their performances in the spring; remember, the Kings won their first Stanley Cup as an eighth seed in the West, the last team picked for the postseason.
So to coin a cliché that I don’t like, but which I’m forced to coin…
Anything Can Happen.