Anaheim Ducks Will Win the Western Conference

By Justin Söderberg
Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks were seemingly running away with the Western Conference standings, that is until the Anaheim Ducks turned on the afterburners.

The Ducks have not lost a regulation game in their last 12 games, going 9-0-3. Their last loss came back on Feb. 27, against the Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, the west leading Blackhawks have fallen off their pace a bit, going 3-3-0 in their last six games, including a loss to the Ducks on Wednesday night.

The Ducks recently locked up two of their star players, in Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Each player has been signed to eight-year deals north of $60 million. The two are part of a core Ducks roster that has the ability to win the west this season.

The Blackhawks have seen injuries to key contributors, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, both of whom didn’t play against the Ducks on Wednesday night. It is only a matter of time before the Ducks find themselves on top of the west overtaking the Blackhawks for first.

The two teams will square off once more next week in Chicago and will fight for the No. 1 seed in the west. Getting the top-seed doesn’t guarantee you a Stanley Cup, seeing how the Kings were an eight-seed last season. However, it does guarantee you more home games, which has been a key factor to the Ducks success this season. At the Honda Center this season, the Ducks are 13-1-0 over their 14 home games.

Come the end of the season, the Ducks will be on top and the Blackhawks just behind them. However, neither team is a lock to win it all; the NHL playoffs are truly the start of a whole new season.

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