NHL Playoffs Series Preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

Anaheim Ducks (P 1) vs. Dallas Stars (C 5, Wild Card)

Series Schedule

Game #
Date
Time
Location
Network
1April 16 (Wednesday)10 pmAnaheimNBCSN
2April 18 (Friday)10 pmAnaheimNBCSN
3April 21 (Monday)9:30 pmDallasNBCSN
4April 23 (Wednesday)8 pmDallasCNBC
5*April 25 (Friday)10:30 pmAnaheim NBCSN
6*April 27 (Sunday)TBDDallasTBD
7*April 29 (Tuesday)TBDAnaheimTBD

The NHL Playoffs are the start of the second season. It is the time of year when every game is good, and bad plays are magnified. Both the Ducks and Stars have won a Stanley Cup, and they are looking to add to their collection.

The Anaheim Ducks are among the NHL’s best yet again, but after falling short last season the Ducks will be playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Anaheim is hoping to send the Stars to the golf course, but Dallas has the offensive power to fight back. The Ducks are ranked 1st over all in goals scored, and the Stars are a top ten scoring team in their own right.  The main advantage is in the Goals against category.  Anaheim hold the nine spot, and the Stars fall out of the top 15 (17th). The Ducks have been here before, and that may be their biggest advantage.

Anaheim Ducks Playoff Players To Watch  (Career Playoff Numbers)

  1. Teemu Selanne (42 G, 40 A, 82 points)
  2. Corey Perry (18 G, 27 A, 45 points)
  3. Ryan Getzlaf (21 G, 38 A, 59 points)

Starting goaltender: Jonas Hiller (2.31 GAA, .935 SV$)

If the Stars hope to dismiss the number two team in the NHL; they better hope for some beginners luck. Dallas started the season with a new GM (Jim Nill), and a fiery new Head Coach (Lindy Ruff). The Stars only chance may be to out work the Ducks, they will need to fore-check, and hit anything with a Ducks logo. The Dallas Stars are playing for pride, they are showing that hard work, and strong play can earn you a chance to win the cup.

Dallas Stars Playoff Players To Watch ( Career Playoff Numbers)

  1. Tyler Seguin (8 G ,12 A, 18 points)
  2. Jamie Benn (14 G, 12 A, 26 points)
  3. Ray Whitney (21 G, 32 A, 53 points)

Starting goaltender: Kari Lehtonen (5.59 GAA, .849 SV%)

Prediction: Ducks Win In 6

This match up is truly youth vs. experience. I think the young Stars will come out fighting , and get the Ducks on their heals for a few games, but in he end I believe the Ducks are going to prove to be to strong of a team.

* The Dallas Stars won the regular season series (2-1)

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