The battle of Southern California beings Saturday, May 3 in Anaheim during the second round series of the Stanley Cup.
How does an NHL team prepare for such a series battle? Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau explains:
“Well, I think it’s going to be physical so we were just getting them ready. I think you need something like that before getting into what I think is going to be a pretty emotional series. Plus it looked like they were tired of practicing, they just want to get at somebody rather than being friends.”
The two teams have proven that California has excellent teams, along with the San Jose Sharks who choked hard in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite this, all three California teams making it to the post-season is a pretty epic feat.
Studying how the Kings played against the Sharks has been an important aspect for the Ducks while preparing for Saturday.
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry is preparing for some incredibly physical play:
“You just watch that [first] series…Those first couple of games there were 120 hits, 100 hits, we know it’s going to be a physical series. We know L.A. is going to come out and be banging, be physical and play their style of game. We just have to be ready to respond to that.”
Sure, the Ducks came out first in the Pacific Division, but the Kings are on a mission and it would be wise to prepare for what they may have in store.
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