January 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) moves the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) and left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
When two teams are set to play each other in a playoff series, one of the first things a fan thinks of is the previous matchups between those two teams. So, as the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are gearing up to drop the puck on their Western Conference Finals series, we will take a look back at their meetings from the 2014-2015 regular season.
The Hawks and Ducks faced each other three times during the 2014-2015 regular season as is the standard for Western Conference teams that play in opposite divisions.
Let’s get to it.
First matchup: October 28th, 2014
This one seems like eons ago and that might be a good thing fr the Hawks. The Ducks shutout the Hawks by a score of 1-0 in this early season game at the United Center.
The game was locked in a scoreless tie throughout the entirety of the first two periods. A little past the half-way point of the 3rd period, the now former-Duck Devante Smith-Pelly was able to slip a puck past Scott Darling to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead as well as the game only goal.
Looking back on this game, hardly anything can be taken from this in regards to predicting what can happen in the Western Conference Finals.
The lone goal of the game was scored by Smith-Pelly, who is now with the Montreal Canadiens. The shutout was recorded by Gibson, who will be Anaheim’s backup in this series. If he appears in a game in the upcoming series, it’ll mean the Hawks have the Ducks on the ropes. Darling started this one and as we all know is the Hawks backup and likely won’t play in this series.
One thing of note is that the Hawks dramatically outshot the Ducks 38-25. Hopefully, that can continue in the WCF.
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