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The Ducks and their fans have good reason to enter Game 7 loose and free. The Kings, not so much. A second-round loss could have GM Dean Lombardi answering questions he hasn’t had to for a couple years, particularly when no one on the 2014-15 roster has a no-movement clause.

-Matt Larkin of The Hockey News.  Read more about these two teams...

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Not sure I understand this guy’s thinking.  Anaheim shouldn’t be that upset about losing because they should have a good team the next 5-10 years?  So they should be fine with being a number 2 seed last year, and number 1 seed this year and only winning one series if they lose tonight?

I don’t care how good a team may look on paper today or how ever many years into the future.  You have to take advantage of every opportunity you have to win The Cup every year. There’s no consolation prize to not winning when you’re the top seed in a conference.  Anything can happen next year, from injuries, to off years, to bad matchups in the playoffs…you name it.

Sure the Kings may need the win more since they don’t look as well off in the future at the moment, but for Larkin to say, “A loss is nothing to fret about” in regards to the Ducks is idiotic.  It’s absurd to think the a Ducks’ loss will be anything other than a huge disappointment for both the Ducks’ players and fans.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/16/14 at 11:05 AM ET

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Maybe the writer forgot the past two seasons when the Kings have won a Cup with this roster, and then lost to in the Conf Finals to the eventual Cup winner. Lombardi has no pressure.

Posted by awould on 05/16/14 at 11:18 AM ET

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Agree with comments so far.  This guy needs a history lesson.  In 2010 Blackhawks win the Cup, then get bounced in the first round the next 2 years, then win a cup again in 2013.  If they win this year, they are flirting with “dynasty” territory.  Their cupboard was bare in 2011, but they had a solid nucleus - as do the Kings.  Lombardi has done a great job there, and will continue to do so.

Posted by wolverine on 05/16/14 at 12:26 PM ET

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so a team that had 116 points and was one of the best teams all season, had some of the best, most prolific scorers in the league, and are now relying on a rookie goaltender in his first NHL playoffs should be loose and free going into game 7? Ok. Oh and a GM that has won a SC, gone to the conference finals in the next year, and the second round in the subsequent year should fear his job is in jeopardy? are you sure this guy is Assoc Editor of Hockey News and not an intern who happened to mistake crack for the sugar he is putting in his coffee? Just saying.

Posted by scooter on 05/16/14 at 12:28 PM ET

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If the Kings lose, it would suck for them but they still have most of the core of their Cup-winning team intact.

If Anaheim loses then they’re on their way to becoming San Jose Jr.

Yeah, way more pressure on LA, obviously…

Posted by Garth on 05/16/14 at 12:44 PM ET

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