By Brendan Patel on April 10, 2014
The Anaheim Ducks currently have a slim lead for first place in the loaded Western Conference. Despite several injuries, they are looking to the playoffs with confidence. Here are five reasons why they will win the Stanley Cup.
Ryan Getzlaf is having a career year and should be in contention for the Hart Trophy. He is second in the NHL in points and has become a more aggressive scorer as evidenced by his 31 goals. Getzlaf’s dominance at the center position gives the Ducks a great chance to win it all.
Next to Getzlaf is one of the deadliest scorers in the NHL, Corey Perry. Perry is fourth in points and second in goals scored in the entire league. He has the ability to agitate opposing players and will do anything to help his team win.
Jonas Hiller has been in a bit of slump lately, but he can easily turn it around. When on his game, he is one of the best goaltenders in the league and one of the few capable of carrying his team all the way. There is also solid depth behind him should he need a brief rest.
The Ducks are confident in rolling out all four lines throughout the game. There is speed, skill and power on each of their lines, which no team in the NHL can match. Mixed in with youth are savvy veterans all looking to win the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks had a poor playoff showing last season and want to prove that they are the best team in hockey. Some players won it all before, but most are still waiting to lift their first Stanley Cup. This is a hungry team with a ton of motivation.
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