No. 3: Anaheim Ducks
Who would have predicted this? The Ducks were pretty much dead in the water (see what I did there?) at the beginning of the season as they started the year off with a 1-7-2 record. As of late, this team has been the hottest team in the league and went on an 11-game win streak to pretty much erase the abysmal start. The Blackhawks’ record against this team is 2-0-1, but two of those games came before December. If we look back to last season’s playoffs, the Ducks gave the ‘Hawks a hell of a run in one of the most memorable series in recent memory for Chicago.
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This Ducks team is absolutely built for a playoff run with veterans that have done all of this before. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler are the core of this team, and have as much playoff experience as anyone in the league. The combination of Frederik Andersen in net and the defensemen they have has amounted to the Ducks having the second-best goals-against rating this year with 159 goals against. If these two teams meet in the Conference Finals, it could amount to another series for the ages.
Next: No. 2: Los Angeles Kings