Watch LA Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks game 7 streaming online live by clicking on the link at the bottom of this preview article. Whether you call it the Battle of California, the Freeway Faceoff or just Ducks vs. Kings, this is game 7 of an NHL playoff series, and it features regional rivals. It does not get any better than that in sports – unless the game goes into sudden death overtime.
The Kings and Ducks head to Anaheim – just a short trip down the road for the visiting Kings – for the decisive game 7 after the Kings won game six 2-1 to tie the series at three games apiece. Tonight’s winner will go on to face defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in a best of seven series for the Western Conference championship and the right to compete in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Look for the Ducks to come out strong in front of their home crowd. A Yahoo! Sports report quotes Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy saying this about coming into the deciding game of the Kings vs. Ducks series tonight:
“You say you want to approach this like any other game, but no one believes that. This is an exciting time. These are situations that you grow up wanting to be involved in.”
For the Kings, the key to victory is the same as it has been all along. If Jonathan Quick plays well tonight, there’s a good chance LA will advance to the next round of the playoffs. If he has an off night, there’s an even better chance the Kings will be hitting the links early this year. As important as stars like Anze Kopitar are to the LA Kings, by far the strongest – and occasionally weakest – link in their chain has long been the streaky play of Jonathan Quick. If he’s hot, he’ll carry them. If he’s not, look for the Ducks to win tonight and advance.
The Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings franchises come into tonight’s game 7 with similar playoff histories. Both teams have won the Western Conference title twice – Anaheim in 2002-03 and 2006-07 and Los Angeles in 1992-93 with Wayne Gretzky and 2011-12. Each team has gone on to hoist the Stanley Cup once – Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and Los Angeles Kings in 2012.
Don’t miss any of the action when the LA Kings hit the ice against the Anaheim Ducks tonight for game 7 of the Ducks vs. Kings series. You can watch Kings vs. Ducks game 7 streaming online live by clicking here.