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Angels, Ducks and Kings play tonight in Anaheim

October 1, 2008 |  6:38 pm

Sean O'Donnell

The intersection of Katella Avenue and the 57 Freeway should be clogged this evening. The Angels and Boston Red Sox will be throwing out the first pitch in Game 1 of the American League division series at Angel Stadium and the Kings and Ducks will be dropping the puck for the start of their exhibition game at Honda Center.

Given that there will be three Southern California teams playing, we should finally outnumber the Red Sox fans. What do you think?

Here are a few updates from the morning skate-arounds for you hard-core, sweater-wearing hockey fans:

1) Sean O'Donnell, who was traded Tuesday afternoon from the Ducks to the Kings, won't have to worry about accidentally checking the wrong team. He's not scheduled to dress.

2) Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg will split time in goal for the Kings. They're battling for the backup goalie spot, behind Jason LaBarbera, so they won't have time to wonder what's going on at Angel Stadium.

3) Ducks forward Brad Larsen, who was part of the deal that sent Mathieu Schneider to Atlanta last week, won't play because of a lingering injury to his groin area. He's expected to see a specialist in Philadelphia, Coach Randy Carlyle said. if you have to go all the way to Philadelphia to have your groin checked out, that's probably not a good sign.

-- Dan Arritt

Photo: Sean O'Donnell, seen here during a game last season, is now a King. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times