The Ducks led the NHL with 3.21 goals per game this season.
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Anaheim Ducks open the playoffs as the West's top seed and hope to get a quick start on Wednesday when they host the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center for Game 1 of a best-of-seven series.
Few teams looked as unbeatable as the Ducks at the start of the season.
But after a dominating effort for a good part of the season, Anaheim started to slip a bit heading into the Olympic break and had posted a mark of just 14-12-3 during a 29-game span from Jan. 17-April 6.
Stanley Cup playoffs primer
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Stanley Cup playoffs have a different look in 2014 and the NHL hopes the new formula can make the most exciting part of the season even better.
The NHL underwent drastic realignment for the 2013-14 campaign, and the changes didn't stop with the formation of new divisions. The playoffs also received a facelift, as the league brass attempt to create more divisional rivalries in the early part of the postseason. In fact, seven of the eight first-round series will consist of playoff battles between divisional foes.