When two teams from the same state go head-to-head, it always ends up being entertaining. This rivalry has intensified as of recently.
The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings rivalry, better known as the Freeway Faceoff, played the first of five games against each other, in which the Kings drew the first blood in a marathon shootout win. This has been a rivalry that has increased in popularity among hockey fans within the last couple years.
Both teams won their first Stanley Cup within the past seven years, becoming the first two California teams to do so. The Ducks were the first back in 2007, and the Kings did it five years later in 2012. Now that both teams have a championship under their belts, the true discussion begins as to who the best team in California is.
The best way for them to settle this year after year is to play the five games against each other and see who has bragging rights after each game and after the regular season ends.
I think the increase of popularity of this rivalry will help both teams, especially with the emergence of players like Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Jonas Hiller for the Ducks, and Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick for the Kings. This season will make this rivalry special because both teams are in the top three in the Pacific Division, and both are doing well to make runs towards the playoffs.
Now a new race for these teams begins. Who becomes the first California team to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup twice? Either way, this rivalry will be fun to watch.