A rivalry exists between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. Kings fans: is it solely a geographical rivalry between two teams separated by 25 miles of bottlenecked freeway lanes? Or does there exist a deeply seeded aversion towards Southern California’s other National Hockey League franchise?

It’s something I’ve never really been able to fully comprehend. The two teams have never met in the playoffs. Players have worn both jerseys and appear at charity skates over the off-season with each other. As Darryl Sutter said of the Edmonton-Calgary rivalry, “Calgary’s captain lived in Edmonton and Edmonton’s captain lived in Calgary. I don’t think there was a rivalry. I figure they all golfed together.”

The players enjoy playing in these games, but I’m not sure if the Kings view the Ducks as their biggest rival. It’s possible that they do. As Jeff Carter said earlier this morning, “I don’t know if it’s that big of a rivalry, but they’re always fun games.”

Because of the Smythe Division ties, and partly because they’ve met in the playoffs in two of the last three years, there certainly exists a rivalry with Vancouver. Though the luster has faded since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the rivalry with Smythe Division foe Edmonton, and to a much lesser extent, Calgary, exists. Due to playoff series last decade, there is somewhat of a rivalry with Detroit and Colorado, with the former enhanced by the throngs of red-clad fans that invade Staples Center when the Red Wings are in town. And then there are the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that the Kings carved out a much more defined and fierce rivalry with after last year’s Western Conference Final.

The Dodgers and Giants share one of sports’ greatest rivalries, and the Southern California / Northern California contention drives much of the rivalry between L.A. and San Jose – two teams that have also recently met in the playoffs.

What about Dallas? Surely the Stars have to factor into this discussion somewhere.

So where do the Ducks rank amongst the Kings’ chief rivals? Am I crazy for placing them after the Canucks and Sharks, yet above the Coyotes and Red Wings? Maybe I’m just crazy. If I’m crazy, tell me I’m crazy. I would love it if Ducks fans who lurk on these boards chimed in. Please share your own opinions on the Kings’ fiercest rivalries.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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