Blackhawks: Anaheim Ducks

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The Kings, trying to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Red Wings in 1998, will take on the Blues. The Blackhawks, trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup after having the league’s most points in the regular season since the Red Wings in 2008, take on the Wild. And the Red Wings, making their 22nd straight playoff appearance, take on the Ducks. 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Quarterfinals 8 Wild at 1 Blackhawks – Game 1 – 8 ET * Blackhawks: went 2-0-1 vs Wild during regular season * Blackhawks: won Presidents’ Trophy for league’s best regular season record (77 pts); a team has not won Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup in same season since 2007-08 Red Wings * Blackhawks: led all Western Conference teams in goals during regular season (155) * Blackhawks: led NHL in team goals-against average during regular season (1.98) * Wild: 1st playoff appearance since 2007-08 season * Wild: have not won a playoff series since 2003 Western Conference Semifinals vs Canucks * 1st-ever playoff series meeting between these teams Playoff Results For Presidents’ Trophy Winners Since 2007-08 Winner Points Playoff Result 2011-12 Canucks 111 Lost, Conf. Qtrs. 2010-11 Canucks 117 Lost, Cup Final 2009-10 Capitals 121 Lost, Conf. Qtrs. 2008-09 Sharks 117 Lost, Conf. Qtrs. 2007-08 Red Wings 115 Won Stanley Cup 5 Kings at 4 Blues – Game 1 – 8 ET * Kings: trying to be 1st team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since Red Wings in 1997 & 1998 * Kings: 4th straight playoff appearance (team’s longest streak of playoff appearances since making playoffs 7 straight years from 1986-87 through 1992-93) * Kings: went 3-0-0 vs Blues during regular season * Kings: swept Blues in 2012 Conference Semifinals * Blues: only 3rd playoff appearance in last 8 seasons (2nd straight playoff appearance) * Blues: have won 2 of previous 3 playoff meetings vs Kings all-time 7 Red Wings at 2 Ducks – Game 1 – 10:30 ET * Red Wings: 22nd straight playoff appearance (longest active postseason streak in the 4 major pro sports) * Red Wings: went 2-1-0 vs Ducks during regular season * Red Wings: 7 seed in team’s lowest seed since current playoff format was adopted in 1993-94 (are a 5 seed or lower for 3rd time in last 4 seasons) * Henrik Zetterberg (DET): 3rd among active players in playoff goals (51) * Ducks: only 2nd playoff appearance in last 4 seasons after making playoffs in 4 straight seasons from 2005-06 through 2008-09 * Ducks: 2 seed matches highest playoff seed in franchise history (2007 – won Stanley Cup that postseason) * Ducks: led all Western Conference teams in power play percentage at 21.5 pct (4th overall) * Red Wings have won 3 of 5 playoff series meetings vs Ducks all-time (Red Wings won last meeting in 2009 Conference Semifinals) Longest Active Playoff Appearances Streaks In The Four Major Pro Sports NHL 22 Detroit Red Wings , 1990-91 to 2012-13 NBA 16 San Antonio Spurs, 1997-98 to 2012-13 NFL 5 Baltimore Ravens, 2008 to 2012 MLB 4 New York Yankees, 2009 to 2012 Tags: source: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/blackhawks/category/_/name/anaheim-ducks

NHL Playoff Bracket 2013: Scorching-Hot Teams That Will Make Deep Runs

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1 Seed, East Alex Trautwig/Getty Images The highest-scoring team in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and look poised to make their third Stanley Cup Finals appearance in six years this summer. Even without superstar Sidney Crosby , the Pens are a lethal team on the offensive end, averaging 3.4 goals per game and featuring three 20-plus goal scorers.  Dan Bylsma’s squad is also incredibly strong on the power play, ranking second in the league with a one-man advantage. If this team has a flaw, it’s on the defensive end, where Pittsburgh ranks 12th in goals allowed (2.5 per game) and just 25th in penalty-kill percentage (79.6). Still, with home-ice advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Pens are going to be awfully difficult to beat four times. I, like many, look for them to return to the Stanley Cup Finals this coming June.   Washington Capitals, No. 3 Seed, East Rob Carr/Getty Images The Washington Capitals are the hottest team in hockey right now, hands down.  Led by the NHL’s leading goal scorer in Alex Ovechkin (32 goals), the Caps have won 11 of their last 13 games coming into their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers. Plus, Washington boasts the league’s fourth-highest-scoring offense and best overall power play. The Capitals are scoring on nearly 27 percent of their power-play chances and averaging three goals per game coming into postseason play. With a healthy Mike Green organizing the Caps on the power play, and Ovechkin sizzling on the wing, this is a dangerous, battle-tested team playing with a ton of confidence. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1624523-nhl-playoff-bracket-2013-scorching-hot-teams-that-will-make-deep-runs

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Jimmy Howard also turned in a fine season between the pipes for the Red Wings, starting 42 of 48 games and posting a 21-13-7 record to go with a 2.13 GAA and .923 save percentage. He also recorded five shutouts to tie four other netminders for the league lead. Howard, who was signed to a six-year extension during the season, still has a lot to prove in the playoffs. The 29-year-old is 13-15 with a 2.63 GAA in 28 career postseason games and he surrendered 13 goals in five games during last spring’s first-round exit against the Predators. The Red Wings’ offense is still led by their top forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, but Detroit’s overall offensive depth is not what it used to be. Still, Datsyuk was one of five Detroit players with double digit goals this season, as he led the team with 15 markers to go along with a team-best 49 points. Zetterberg was fourth on the team with 11 goals, but just one point behind Datsyuk for the club lead. This is the sixth playoff meeting between the Red Wings and Ducks, who met five teams in the postseason from 1997-2009. Detroit has won three of the five series and beat Anaheim in seven games when the clubs last met in the 2009 conference semifinals. The Red Wings also won two of the three regular-season encounters this year, taking the last two meetings after Anaheim earned a 5-2 rout in Detroit on Feb. 15. Getzlaf and Perry each had a goal and two assists over the three encounters in 2013, while Justin Abdelkader led Detroit’s offense with three goals and one assist during the season series. source: http://content.usatoday.com/sportsdata/hockey/nhl/game/RedWings_Ducks/2013/04/www.usatoday.com/sportsdata/hockey/nhl/game

 

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