A ROYAL PAIN

St. Louis is black, blue and de­feated after almost ev­ery tilt with the Kings

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

THE BLUES WISH Cal­i­for­nia never ex­isted. They went 1-8 against Ana­heim, Los An­ge­les and San Jose last sea­son, and the Kings bounced them in con­sec­u­tive playo s be­fore that.

In 2011-12, St. Louis en­joyed a break­out sea­son un­der coach Ken Hitch­cock only to be ab­so­lutely steam­rolled in four straight games in the sec­ond round against the eighth-seeded Kings, who went on to win the Stan­ley Cup. The fol­low­ing year, when the teams met in Round 1, the Blues ap­peared to have learned from their pre­vi­ous bat­tle, jumping out to a 2-0 se­ries lead. The wily Kings, how­ever, bat­tled back with four straight vic­to­ries, crush­ing the Blues’ dreams again. That sec­ond se­ries in par­ticu-

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lar was known for be­ing fast and vi­cious. That’s what hap­pens when the likes of David Backes and Ryan Reaves butt heads with Dustin Brown and Dwight King. Ev­ery time the Blues and Kings play each other, the bod­ies fly all over the ice. The Kings don’t con­sider the Blues their neme­sis, but they have St. Louis’ num­ber.

The two teams meet Oct. 16, Dec. 16 and Dec. 18.

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