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How California Hockey Is Trending in Opposite Directions

The tale of the three California NHL teams and how they are all going in different directions this season

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California is one of few states that have multiple hockey teams competing in the NHL, being represented by the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. All three have had their ups and downs this season and currently, the only team that’s been worth watching is the Sharks, while Ducks and Kings fans have been put through some agonizing weeks as of recent.


A brief look at how each of the teams are trending within the state and the Western Conference.

Anaheim Ducks 

What seemed like a team that could make a run in the playoffs has now become one of the worst in the league, dropping down to the basement of the Western Conference. They’ve been falling behind early in many games, setting themselves up for failure or having to expend even more energy to dig themselves out of a hole to make any sort of comeback.

They haven’t had a legitimate winning streak since mid-December and leading up to that point they had won 11 of their last 13 games. Since Dec 17, the Ducks have a 2-13-4 record and have been outscored 74-32. They are currently on a five-game losing streak and have been outscored 17-6 during the span.

Anaheim hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since the 2006-07 season, which was the first year they changed their name from the “Mighty Ducks of Anaheim” to their current “Anaheim Ducks.” They haven’t made it to the Finals since and are currently trending for their worst season since 2011-12.

L.A. Kings 

Coming into this season, there weren’t very high expectations for the Kings. They’ve been in a state of transition since their coach was fired within the first couple weeks of the season. Los Angeles started near the bottom of the league, and are currently still hovering around that same spot. But they have been finding ways to win recently.

Since Dec 18, the Kings have a 10-7-1 record and have won three of their last five games despite being outscored 18-15.

The Kings won the Stanley Cup in the 2011-12 season and followed that up with another championship in the 2013-14 season. The last four seasons they’ve either been eliminated in the first round or not made the playoffs at all and are trending towards missing the playoffs again.

San Jose Sharks 

Fear, not Cali fans; the Sharks have been picking up the slack from their peers and sit third place in the Conference. Since Dec 1, the Sharks have a 19-7-2 record, winning three of their last five and seven of their last 10 while outscoring their opponents 40-35.

Not only does San Jose have the talented line combinations to produce numerous goals on the ice, but they also have a trusty veteran goalie in between the pipes most nights.

San Jose haven’t made it past the Conference Finals except for one season. In 2016-17, San Jose made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time and wound up losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The franchise has yet to win a Stanley Cup in their 28-year existence.

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