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Kings rise as Ducks struggle

Updated: December 21, 2009, 3:03 PM ET
By Robyn Norwood | Special to ESPN Los Angeles

George Parros is a Duck who used to be a King, and the reversal of fortunes for Southern California's NHL teams blindsided him.

"No one saw it coming," said Parros, who last played for the Kings in 2006. "Or maybe they did, and we didn't, I don't know."

The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and reached the seventh game of a Western Conference semifinal against Detroit last season. The Kings? They haven't made the playoffs since 2002.

Imagine if anyone could have predicted ...

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