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Ducks/Kings Battle Out West Tonight

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Despite winning three straight games and five of their last six, the Kings aren't the NHL's hottest team. They're not even the hottest team in Southern California.

The Ducks, who will face the Kings on Monday at Staples Center, have the league's longest active winning streak at six — all come-from-behind victories — and have won 10 of 11 to rank second in the NHL with 27 points. But to have both the Kings and Ducks playing well as they meet for the second time this season should make this encounter far more than just another game in February.

"To me, it's the ultimate test," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday after his team improved to 13-2-1 with a 4-3 overtime victory over Colorado at Honda Center.

"They're playing like they played in the playoffs last year. I watch every one of their games and they're just flat-out good. And [Jonathan] Quick is good and he's playing like he's the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. ... They're as good a test as you're going to find in this game today."


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