LA Kings center, Jarret Stoll is no stranger to aggressive match-ups and he has once again set the stage for the crucial Western Conference semi final against the Anaheim Ducks.

“The regular season is one thing, but we all know the playoffs are a whole new ballgame when it comes to physicality and how hard you’re going,” Stoll told the L.A. Daily News. “It’s going to be a war and a battle and the travel will be great for both teams and both fan bases.”

The Kings are coming off a seven-game series with the San Jose Sharks, where they rewrote the record book by coming back from three games down to win 4-3.

Anaheim, meanwhile finished atop of the Western Conference standings and dispensed of the Dallas Stars in six games in the last round.

Both teams are steeped in playoff success, the Ducks won the cup in 2007 and the Kings have the more recent success winning it all in 2012.

The Ducks boast star Ryan Getzlaf, a candidate for the Hart trophy. Getzlaf will have to be at his best however to beat Jonathan Quick, LA's goaltender who is riding a hot streak similar to that of 2012.

It is sure to be a close and competitive series and will give the sun-drenched resident of Los Angeles a cool exhibition of playoff hockey.

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