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Anaheim Ducks
@ Los Angeles Kings

Thursday, Feb 4, 2010, 7:30 PM PST


Radio: AM830

Your Enemy: Jewels From The Crown

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Please note your enemy is now Jewels From The Crown. Connie and Quisp are doing a great job over there, and you should stop by and check out their stuff.

I'm headed out of town today and will probably have to catch this game on gamecenter. I left a question on the table for Daniel, but with both of us busy, who knows when either of us will get to it. So, let me pose the question to all of you:


Anaheim calling to the hockey world...

The Ducks pounced on Detroit last night and now have a three game winning streak, just five games before the Olympic break. Tonight, the team faces a surging Kings squad in a home and home series that concludes Monday at The Pond. Anaheim will then have the benefit of two contests against the league-worst Oilers, bookending a game in Calgary.

Just 3 points out of the 8th seed mix, the next five games seem a prime opportunity for the Ducks to jockey for position on the playoff bubble, and perhaps, return March 3rd as a playoff team, however ephemeral that designation might be. Daniel People, assuming it's possible for the Ducks to become an 8th seed or better before the Olympic Break, would doing so have any effect on their actual playoff chances?

The statistical importance of winning games 58-62 isn't exactly undeniable. The Ducks went 2-3 in that span last year before going 12-6-2 in their last 20 to sneak into the playoffs. It's certainly possible to repeat that here by losing two games to the Kings. On the other hand, the Ducks have a tough Western Conference schedule for their last 20, and they're not all bubble teams, so it's not as though they firmly control their own destiny. Make the arguments, folks. And if Daniel and I get around to it before the NEXT Kings game, we'll make the argument, too, and maybe even agree with one of you for a change.

There's an official watch party at Danny K's (1096 N. Main St., Orange). If you go, get a Mosconi Burger, and pour out some mayo for your blogger who isn't there.

Post any game info and lineup changes in the comments.