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The weather is hot when the Coy­otes and Kings play. So are the tem­pers

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Each NHL team’s cur­rent ri­val­ries

THE LAST TIME THE COY­OTES saw the Stan­ley Cup play­offs, they dropped a five-game se­ries to the even­tual cham­pion Los An­ge­les Kings in 2012. The Coy­otes were also seething mad about the way things ended.

It was in over­time of Game 5 when Kings winger Dustin Brown de­liv­ered a post-whis­tle knee-on-knee hit to Michal Roz­si­val that knocked him out of the game. In­ex­pli­ca­bly, Brown wasn’t pe­nal­ized, and the Kings scored later in the first over­time pe­riod to win the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nal. The Coy­otes were steam­ing mad. Shane Doan and Mike Smith re­ceived game mis­con­ducts for ver­bally abus­ing the of­fi­cials after Dustin Pen­ner’s win­ner.

KEITH YANDLE

Doan’s post-game tirade was one for the ages, and you can see it on YouTube. The Coy­otes be­lieve the of­fi­ci­at­ing was un­fair, but that rage comes out in the form of a blood feud against the Kings. In a pre-sea­son game, L.A.’s Jor­dan Nolan knocked Rostislav Klesla out with a con­cus­sion and whiplash.

The two teams meet Oct. 11, Dec. 4, Dec. 20 and March 16.

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