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Will Danault be the shadow of McDavid?

In all likelihood, the Los Angeles Kings will challenge Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs, which means the Alberta star will still have to contend with the ubiquity of Phillip Danault nearby .

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Barring any major unforeseen events, the Oilers will host the Kings at the start of the playoffs in a matchup between clubs 2 and 3 in the Pacific Division standings. Admittedly, the Californian formation can always catch up with its rivals, but it is two points behind and has especially played two games more than Edmonton.

Also, Danault has already made life difficult at number 97, particularly last season, when he wore the uniform of the Montreal Canadiens. Within the North division, the Habs had played nine games against the band of the gifted, who had experienced their share of frustrations. In 2021-22, however, the Kings struggled against these section opponents, suffering three losses in four outings.

positive and negative

On the other hand, the Kings can believe in their chances of winning their first-round matchup. Recently, good performances have outnumbered bad ones. Head coach Todd McLellan’s squad have won back-to-back games, each time by one goal. On the other hand, she will have to raise her level of play against top teams: she suffered losses of 6-3 and 9-3 at the hands of the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche, respectively, in the 10 last days.

“If we hope to play in a couple of weeks, we have to be comfortable in close games. Especially at this time of year, these meetings will happen often,” predicted goaltender Jonathan Quick at

Individually, Danault hit the 25-goal mark in a narrow 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. In goal, Quick is living up to his status as a two-time Stanley Cup winner, having won three of his last four starts.

“Right now he’s feeling great in goal and you feel great when he’s there,” McLellan said. He’s been there before. He makes the saves when he has to and calms us down. That’s what you expect from your keeper at this point in the campaign.

The Kings could continue to rack up the wins by the end of the regular season. Their four games to play are scheduled against playoff clubs, starting with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.