When: Western Conference semifinals or finals
Backyard Brawl: This is a fight that has stewed for years. The Ducks and the Kings have never met in the playoffs, so this would be an emotional and physical matchup.
The hockey establishment tends to notice West Coast hockey only when it is forced to, but the Ducks have had a stellar season thanks to Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and their solid goaltending. It had to be difficult for them to watch their neighbors lift the Stanley Cup last season.
The Kings have the heavy game down low to push the Ducks hard. When Dustin Brown goes to the net, it's hard to knock him off stride and keep him from scoring clutch goals. This could be the most physical series in the playoffs.
Secondary Story: The Kings have a solid and mobile defense. However, they tend to make some mistakes, and the Ducks will have to take advantage of all their opportunities. The Ducks can beat anyone when they play their best game. They have not shown great consistency in the first round against Detroit, and it may be difficult for them to string great games together.
Likely Outcome: Darryl Sutter of the Kings may have the personality of broken glass, but he will get the most out of his team. Bruce Boudreau is in over his head. The Kings win in six games.