The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the league’s biggest surprises all season. They’ve gone from one of the worst teams in the Western Conference the no. 2 seed in the conference. But they’re going to need to work in order to fight off a large disappointment in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Anaheim fell in overtime of Game 6, after rallying late in the third period to knot things up at three. Henrik Zetterberg scored the game winner for the Detroit Red Wings, who are putting up the fight most expected them to after a strong finish to the regular season.
Each Wings win has come in overtime, while the Ducks managed to win it in the extra frame in Game 5. The last time these two teams met in a Game 7 in the postseason was back in the 2008-2009 season. The Red Wings won that one on home ice before falling in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jonas Hiller will get the call again for the Ducks in this seventh game. He’s been absolutely terrific at points during this series, and mediocre in others. He wasn’t too sharp in Game 6, allowing four goals on 29 shots, but has a solid 2.37 goals-against average and .919 save percentage for the series.
If the Ducks want to win this one, some help from Corey Perry might be a nice addition to the mix. Perry has only two points in six games, both coming on assists. He hasn’t scored a goal since April 21st.
While no one is doubting the ability of the Red Wings, a loss in Game 7 would be considered a massive disappointment for the Ducks. They’ve been one of the most dominant teams in the Western Conference, and in the league as a whole, this season. Not making it out of the first round would be something that will likely be considered unacceptable, given what they’ve accomplished so far this year.