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NHL Preseason: Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
The Ducks are back and have their sights set high for this upcoming season. Led by a group of hungry veterans and up and coming young talent, especially on the offensive side of the ice, Anaheim has their eyes on reigning atop of the Pacific Division and bringing home another Stanley Cup. Division rivals, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks will look to prevent the Duck's championship aspirations.
Grab your Anaheim Ducks tickets and head down to Honda Center to be a part your teams championship quest.
In July and August of 2017, there were quite a few developments in the Anaheim Ducks camp. It all started with Ryan Kesler being sidelined for four to five months due to an off season hip injury. This was followed by reports coming out of the Ducks camp of signing Sam Fowler for eight years. The news was confirmed on July 1. And in August, the Ducks signed Francois Beauchemin for one year. This most recent season, the Ducks failed to win the Pacific Division for the first time in five years. They placed second to the new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights. They did advance to the post season but were swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round.
Looking to come back and win the Pacific Division this year, the Anaheim Ducks are all geared up for the 2018-19 NHL season. Their eyes are set on making it past the first round of playoffs, and winning the Stanley Cup.
Standout Moments in Anaheim Ducks History
Paul Kariya’s Impressive Comeback 2003 – Off the floor and on the board is how a commentator described Kariya’s injury in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals between the Ducks and the New Jersey Devils. In game six, Anaheim’s Paul Kariya was elbowed in the face and knocked out by New Jersey’s Scott Stevens. Kariya, who has a history of concussions, lay motionless on the ice for several seconds before taking a giant gasp of breath.
Kariya was escorted off the rink and many thought he would not play for the rest of the season. However, he surprised everyone when he made it back to the bench, and scored a decisive goal against the Devils. It truly is one of the most triumphant moments in the Ducks history.
First Stanley Cup Win 2007 – By 2007, underdogs Anaheim were already Stanley Cup fan favorites. Chris Pronger became a part of the roster and the team began the finals with impeccable performances. They sailed through the first quarter without any major setbacks and achieved record-setting point totals. On June 6, the Ducks beat the Senators 6-2 in their hometown at the Honda Center and won their first Stanley Cup. 2007 was a good year for the Anaheim Ducks.
Anaheim Ducks Arch Rivals
Los Angeles Kings– The two teams’ hometowns are separated by a mere 32 miles and this proximity has earned their games the nickname the Freeway Faceoff. The rivalry between these two neighboring cities has carried on away from the game as well with fights between their fans in stadium stands and parking lots. This is a brewing rivalry at present that has the potential to boil over in the next few years.
Dallas Stars–The Ducks have faced the Dallas Stars in many playoff games. A rivalry was struck up between the two in 2014, and Stars fans particularly began disliking Corey Perry after that. The two teams have gone neck-to-neck since then and the Ducks avenged every victory by the Stars in follow-up games. The playoff record is leveled at six wins each for both teams.
Greatest Players in Anaheim Ducks History
Corey Perry is celebrated by Ducks fans due to his aggressive playing style. His partnership with Ryan Getzlaf is particularly lauded for its game winning plays. Essentially, he is the backbone to Getzlaf’s setup shots, providing that final punch to them.
Scott Niedermayer joined the Ducks after defeating them as a part of the New Jersey Devils. Considered one of the best offensive-defenseman in NHL lore, Niedermayer simultaneously setup shots for the Ducks and scored goals as well. Chris Pronger too, played a similar role, and together these two impactful players would patrol the blue-line of the defense-oriented Ducks.
Anaheim Ducks Live Games
Playing their home games in Anaheim, the global epicenter of family fun, the Ducks offer one of the best hockey environments in the world for fans of all ages. At the Honda Center, fans can now enjoy the newly renovated Grant Terrace for a one of a kind game-day experience. So whether you’re in from out of town to see Mickey and the gang or you’re a So-Cal local, don't miss out on one of the most promising teams in the NHL.
The Disney-owned franchise is expected to face off against some of their biggest rivals at home and away. The Sharks and Los Angeles Kings’ games have been announced amongst many others.
Anaheim Ducks playoff tickets are available here for purchase.