Los Angeles Kings
@ Anaheim Ducks
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM PST
TV: PRIME TICKET
Radio: AM 830 KLAA
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Each day, I seem to find something new that endears me to Bruce Boudreau even more. Yesterday it was this article from the OC Register, showing that Boudreau has already bought in to the Ducks and Kings rivalry - even if we haven't. Boudreau is a former coach of the Kings affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. He doesn't seem to care that they were his past employer, he's only focused on the present.
It's this kind of attitude that the Ducks need to continue to have whispered in their ear. BB is asking the Ducks to get mad, and dropping the casual "they don't like the Ducks" when talking about his time with the Kings organization. While it may seem rather elementary school-esque to use this type of motivation tactic, the Ducks need something - anything - to get them going in the right direction. If positivity isn't working as much as though, might as well turn to downright hatred.
Boudreau is right, though. The Ducks have been missing that nastiness that everyone comes to expect of this team. (I feel like I've said at least a billion times.) I can't think of a better team to begin to bring the pain against than the downtrodden, although not as much as us, crosstown archenemies the LA Kings. From what I hear, the Kings are struggling to score goals, which is great because we can score, but not keep a lead. Another great thing is that Mike Richards is on the IR. Normally I don't applaud injuries, but dude lit us up in the first game between the two teams. I would like to wish Mr. Richards a slow recovery. Don't want to come back too soon, Mikey.
Finally, to recap today's Ducks news: Ben Maxwell waived and re-acquired by The 'Peg (enjoy that winter, bud); Dan Ellis' special purpose feels much better so Jeff Deslauriers was sent back to Syracuse; Nick Bonino was recalled but not expected to play tonight; and George Parros is a game time decision.