Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks Game 1: Keys for Each Team

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks Game 1: Keys for Each Team
Associated Press
The Kings and Ducks meet in the playoffs for the first time ever.

The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings have been neighbors and rivals for 20 years now, but this is the first time they have ever faced each other in a playoff series.

The Ducks finished with a 54-20-8 record, good for 116 points and first place in the Pacific Division.

Anaheim defeated the Dallas Stars in six games in the opening round of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Kings had a 46-28-8 record and 100 points. They finished third in the Pacific Division and ousted the San Jose Sharks in a historic seven-game series that saw Los Angeles overcome a 3-0 deficit before ultimately emerging victorious.

These two clubs met five times during the regular season, with the Ducks winning four of them. Both teams won one game in a shootout.

The most famous game between these two clubs was played at Dodger Stadium on January 25 when the Ducks shut out the Kings 3-0.

This playoff matchup should take the rivalry between these two teams to a new level.

Here are the three biggest keys for each team to win Game 1. Feel free to comment on any of these or to add one of your own. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.

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