Anaheim Ducks (35-16-10, 3rd in west) at Dallas Stars (35-21-3, t-6th in west)
A quick glance at the (playoff-relevant) Pacific division race:
Anaheim, 61 GP, 35-16-10, 80 pointsYou gotta figure that somebody somewhere is grumbling that the Ducks, even though they have the fewest wins-per-games-played of this trio, still hold a 1 ½ game lead on the Sharks and the Stars, going by BoA’s baseball-style standings. Again, yay loser points! Including tonight, by the way, the Ducks and Stars have 3 games remaining (2 in Dallas), the Ducks and Sharks have 3 games left (2 in Anaheim), and the Sharks and Stars have 1 game left in Dallas.
San Jose, 61 GP, 38-22-1, 77 points
Dallas, 59 GP, 35-21-3, 73 points
During the past offseason, I wrote a pretty fun post about the Pacific Division: Circle of Life, wherein there was a circular logic about who was dominating whom in the Pacific division series. Well, for the Ducks, their main problem last year was against the Stars, who went 6-1-1 against the Mighty Ducks in 05-06.
This year, however, things seemed to have corrected themselves a bit in this series, the Ducks thus far having a 3-1-1 record against the Stars, and Dallas has scored but one goal against Anaheim in each of the last four contests. As a matter of fact, just for comparison’s sake:
J.S. Giguere vs. Dallas, regular season 06-07: 1.12 GAA, .960 s%And I might as well point out also that Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald have as many goals combined in this season series thus far (7) as the entire Dallas lineup.
J.S. Giguere vs. Dallas, postseason 03 (Conn Smythe): 1.85 GAA, .936 s%
Prediction: Ducks 4, Stars 1. Selanne, Getzlaf with a pair, and good ol’ Sammy P. closes it out.