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Boudreau to Sutter: No no, we’re the underdogs

May 15, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

Yesterday, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter raised some eyebrows by saying his team was the underdog going into Friday’s Game 7 versus the Ducks in Anaheim.

It really raised Bruce Boudreau’s eyebrows, because Boudreau insists his Ducks are the true underdogs.

From TSN’s Mark Masters:

Just to be clear, it seems obvious that neither team is an underdog (or overdog, if that exists) — they’re about as evenly-matched as you would expect from two bitter divisional foes going to Game 7 after being tied 13-13 on aggregate through the first six games of the series.

The Ducks have won four home games this postseason, the Kings have won four road games this postseason. The Ducks have the sixth-best power play, the Kings have the seventh.  See where I’m going here? There’s just not much to choose between the two.

Online oddsmaker Bovada agrees. The Kings are slight underdogs at 1/1 for tomorrow’s Game 7 while the Ducks are at 5/6.

  1. Kristenaux - May 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    But who’s won the Cup more recently?

    • petis82 - May 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      Yeah…and it only took them 45 years to do it…So impressive

      • rocoop - May 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        What difference does it make?? Who, other than you, cares how long it took…Taking 100 years to win a championship makes it less impressive when they win one?? Your clueless pal..

      • johnmr12 - May 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        I wish every fan could be forced to wait that long to win. The victory is so much sweeter when it takes so long to come. I became a Kings and lakers fan in 1978. I waited 2 years to see the lakers win, and I saw them win 5 times in 10 years while playing in the finals 9 out of 10 years. The thrill of victory that I experienced when the kings won in 2012 is 10 times greater than the 5 laker championships combined.

  2. storminator16 - May 15, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Hockey, the only sport in which every team doesn’t want to be the big dog. When your best player doesn’t play like the big dog and your best teams don’t want to be big dogs, you got problems.

    • infieldhit - May 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      All sports teams like to play up the underdog/”lack of respect” angles whenever possible.

      But it’s ridiculous, because presumably you’d play just as hard regardless of whether people think you’ll win or not. And no one ever goes “Well, we’re the obvious favorite so we should win pretty easily.”

  3. jernster21 - May 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Maybe they should have a staring contest to really settle this.

    Sutter wins.

  4. patthehockeyfan - May 15, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Sutter: “We’re the underdogs.”
    Boudreau: “No, WE’RE the underdogs.”

    Sutter: “Well, my father can beat up your father.”

    Love both these coaches.

    GKG!!! (under, over and out)

  5. parasolmonster - May 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Translation =

    “If we lose, just remember… we were the underdogs anyways.”

  6. earpaniac - May 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    I can only hope the spend 4-5 OTs deciding it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      And Selanne scores the winner, but not like Chara scored on Wednesday.

  7. 16thearlofderby - May 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    sutter is a winner

    boudreau not with caps

    game 7 to best goalie and coach

    Kings – Hawks WCF

    • petis82 - May 15, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      You obviously are a new or fair weather kings fan…Sutter has been a head coach since the late 80’s where he had coached 3 loaded teams and could never seal the deal. After being fired for being sub par yet again he was hired on halfway through the Kings season onto a loaded team that went on a hot steak and won a cup. Look at the names on the Kings team, they should be a lot better than they are playing.

      • moarjam - May 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Give me a break! Stop reaching to marginalize him. Since he’s been with the kings he’s won a Stanley cup, reached the WCF and is one win away from another trip there. I’d say he’s doing a great job. Hater.

      • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 5:44 AM

        good points Boudreau didn’t win with caps though

        Sutter 1 SC Boudreau 0

        Go Kings

  8. muckleflugga - May 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    what i’d like to know is where the hell pht gets off stealing and using photographs of mickey rooney in its articles … his is a litigious estate, just look how long it took to decide to lay his bones to rest

    you had to love the man, bedding then marrying nine wives including beauties like ava gardner … he was short but not so short as all that it would seem … black stallion by every measure, wot

    now, coaching the ducks in his after-life, better hide the girl friends and wives boys

    the man is a marvel, randy to say the least

    • blomfeld - May 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM

  9. pdubbstrem - May 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Actually, you got it backwards: at 5/6, the Ducks are the slight favorites.

  10. Professor Fate - May 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Better regular season record (one point shy of tying for President’s Trophy), won the division, playing at home. Yeah, Boudreau, your team’s the underdog.

  11. johnmr12 - May 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Sutter is playing head games with the ducks. He knows that his team responds well to big games, and he remembers what happened to the ducks last year. In the end, it makes no difference who is the underdog, it only matters who performs and who doesn’t.

  12. blomfeld - May 16, 2014 at 1:13 AM


    A conversation overheard just earlier this evening on the approaches into town between Colonel Selanne and Corporal Perry …

    Selanne: “You know whats going to happen here in the morning? The whole damn King’s army is going to be here. They’ll move through this town, occupy these hills on the other side and when our people get here Sutter will have the high ground and there will be the devil to pay! The high ground! Boudreau will come in slowly, cautiously. New to command. They’ll be on his back in Orange County. Wire hot with messages ‘Attack! Attack!’. So he will set up a ring around these hills. And when Sutter’s army is nicely entrenched behind fat rocks on the high ground, Boudreau will finally attack, if he can coordinate the army. Straight up the hillside, out in the open, in that gorgeous field of fire. We will charge valiantly… and be butchered valiantly! And afterwards men in tall hats and gold watch fobs will thump their chest and say what a brave charge it was. Corey, I’ve led a hockey player’s life and I’ve never seen anything as brutally clear as this” …

    Perry: well, Major Getzlaf is moving his people forward right now sir !


    *** special message for fans of the Stanley Cup Champion LA KINGS only ***

    friends, as God is my witness, tomorrow we will ‘engage’ these people and we ‘will’ carry the day ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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