The chant of "This is our house!" from Los Angeles Kings fans at Honda Center in May might still haunt any current Anaheim Ducks who experienced it.
Almost five months after their promising season was cut short by the Kings, the Ducks look to get back on track Wednesday night at home in the rematch with their Southern California rivals.
Anaheim allowed eight goals while going 4-0-1 against Los Angeles during the regular season, but its season ended with a 6-2 home loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals May 16. The Kings went 3-1 at Anaheim during the series and scored the first five goals of the lopsided finale.
It was a bitter end for the Ducks, who set club records with 54 wins and 116 points.
''It was a great season, but any time you lose in the playoffs, it's going to be heartbreaking,'' center Ryan Getzlaf said following the clincher. ''And to lose in a Game 7 is even worse.''
The memory of that disheartening playoff exit may be serving as motivation for the Ducks (10-3-3), whose 23 points are the most in the West. Anaheim, however, has stumbled to a 3-2-3 mark in its last eight.
Los Angeles (8-4-3) has gotten off to a streaky start, though it's allowed one regulation goal during each game of a 2-0-1 stretch.
"We've got to continue to get better," defenseman Jake Muzzin said.
The Kings' Jonathan Quick has an 0.97 goals-against average in those three contests after posting a 3.32 GAA in his preceding 0-2-1 span.
A hot Quick doesn't bode well for the Ducks, who have totaled 12 goals in their past eight contests after recording 29 in the first eight.
"That's just the way our goal scoring has gone," said coach Bruce Boudreau, whose team is on a five-game point streak. "The only thing you can do is persevere."
Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 11 goals, but it's uncertain if he'll miss a fourth straight game Wednesday. He's eligible to come off injured reserve after landing there with a viral gland infection, which left him seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a hospital last week. The illness has also hit defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who missed Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver.
Both players are being kept away from their teammates with their contagious condition and are undergoing further tests.
Perry recorded a team-high 43 goals and added 39 assists last season. He managed two of each against the Kings during the regular season and same amount in the playoffs.
"We know their personnel pretty well," Muzzin said. "Obviously, Getzlaf, Perry, (Ryan) Kesler, they are big guys. We've got to limit their time and space."
It's uncertain if Anaheim's Cam Fowler (lower body) will be available after he sat out Sunday.
Healed from a leg injury that forced him to miss a game last week, Anaheim's Frederik Andersen made 24 saves Sunday. He has a 1.25 GAA while going 1-0-2 since suffering his only regulation defeat.
Andersen, whose 1.56 GAA ranks among the best in the NHL, went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA against the Kings in the 2013-14 regular season. He allowed a goal on 23 shots before leaving Game 3 of the West semifinals at Los Angeles with a leg injury.
Quick was 3-2-0 with a 2.14 GAA at Anaheim in the regular season and playoffs last season.
Marian Gaborik, who had six goals and four assists against the Ducks in the playoffs, scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Canucks last Saturday.
These teams meet again Saturday at Los Angeles.