As the regular season is winding down and the playoffs approaching, it appears the Los Angeles Kings will be stuck as the 3rd seed in the Pacific Division. That means they will play the 2nd place finisher, the loser of the battle between the other two California teams, the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks.
So while the Kings would never say that they preferred one matchup of the other, as fans we can speculate which one would provide the best opportunity for the Kings to advance to the second round, where they would likely face the other one of their in-state rivals.
Currently the Ducks and Sharks are tied atop the Pacific Division, with the Ducks holding a game in hand and also the Regulation/OT win tiebreaker.
FACING THE DUCKS
The Kings are 3-4-1 over the past two seasons against the Ducks. They scored 18 goals and allowed 22 to the Kings in that span. The Kings averaged just over 2 goals per game, while allowing just under 2.75. At home, the Kings are 2-2 while they are 1-2-1 at the Duck Pond.
AGAINST THE SHARKS
The Kings have had more success against the teal and black over the past 2 seasons. The Kings have a 5-1-2 record over the past 2 seasons against the Sharks, scoring 24 goals and allowing just 16. However, while they are 4-0 at home, they are just 1-1-2. The Kings beat the Sharks in the postseason last year, using home ice to their advantage in winning game 7 after the first 6 games were all won by the home team.
This time around, the Kings will be starting on the road, and will not have home ice advantage in the first round. Although neither match-up will be considered an easy one by any means, they might prefer to meet the Sharks based on the previous couple of years of head to head action.