March 21, 2000
That was the last time the (Mighty) Ducks and the Kings were this close to making the playoffs in the same year. Anaheim ended up missing out, finishing 4 points out of the eighth spot while the Kings earned the fifth seed and were promptly swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Fast forward eleven years into the future, and they still have not made the playoffs in the same year. While Southern California's other professional sports teams have made the playoffs in the same year, there has never been an all SoCal playoff series (or game), including the Angels, Dodgers, and Padres in major league baseball, the LA Rams, LA Raiders, and LA/SD Chargers in the NFL, the Lakers and SD/LA Clippers in the NBA, and, of course, the Ducks and Kings in the NHL.
The question is: Is this the year? Will the Ducks and Kings both make the playoffs and if so, will we finally get an all Southern California playoff series??
Just a review of all SoCal teams in the same sport have made the playoffs in the same year but failed to meet:
Angels/Dodgers: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)
Angels/Padres: 1 (2005)
Dodgers/Padres: 2 (1996, 2006)
Lakers/Clippers: 4 (1992, 1993, 1997, 2006)
Rams/Chargers: 2 (1979, 1980)
Rams/Raiders: 3 (1983, 1984, 1985)
Chargers/Raiders: 1 (1982)
Note: in order for the Angels/Dodgers, Angels/Padres, Rams/Raiders, and Rams/Chargers to meet in the playoffs they must advance to their respective championship rounds in the same year.
The closest the Angels and Dodgers came to meeting was in 2009 when they both advanced to their respective league championship series. Both lost in that round and the World Series matchup was NYY-PHI.
The closest the Lakers and Clippers came to meeting was in 2006 when the Clippers had already punched their ticket to the second round while the Lakers led 3-1 in their series against the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix however, won the series 4-3. If the Lakers would have won, it would have been Lakers-Clippers in the second round.