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Miller: Ducks and Kings return to ice to find hostility waiting

By in Press Enterprise on January 13, 2018

By Jeff Miller

ANAHEIM – A lot of them head to tropical locales, the geographic shift no more jarring than exchanging ice skates for flip-flops, a frozen job for a frozen drink.

Cam Fowler went to Cabo San Lucas, the defenseman using the Ducks’ mandated bye week to travel from the fringe of the playoffs to the edge of the Earth.

“The hardest part is turning your mind back on to hockey,” he said Friday, after reuniting with his teammates for practice. “It’s easy to kind of get into that summer mode. But it doesn’t take long. I mean, we play in L.A. now. Things ramp up quickly.”

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You think? The only way the NHL could have ramped up the Ducks and Kings any faster is by having them meet Saturday in an octagon instead of at Staples Center.

That still could happen, of course, explaining the presence of Jared Boll in the Ducks’ locker room.

The hardened 6-foot-3, 205-pound winger was recalled from San Diego on Friday and might be in the lineup against the Kings.

Boll wouldn’t be added because of his scoring touch, this being a player with 28 goals in parts of 11 seasons. Instead, Boll’s appeal is the nearly […]    

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