No. 2 ANAHEIM DUCKS (30-12-6) vs. No. 7 DETROIT RED WINGS (24-16-8)
2013 series record: Anaheim 2-1-0.
Playoff History: Detroit 3-2. Last meeting: Detroit 4-3 in 2009 conference semifinals.
ANAHEIM: If not for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Pacific Division champion Ducks would likely be the odds-on favorite to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals. Only Chicago (77) and Pittsburgh (72) had more points than the Ducks' 66 this season. ... As impressive as Anaheim was at home in winning 16 games -- including 13 in a row -- the Ducks went 14-5-5 on the road. ... Like their Detroit counterparts, the Ducks aren't overly powerful on offense, despite a slew of big-name players known for goal scoring. Top-line forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry tied for the team lead with 15 goals each, and Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan combined for only 23 goals -- 12 for Selanne. As is often the case, defense could be the deciding factor in the playoffs. Jonas Hiller and 30-year-old Swedish rookie Viktor Fasth split the goaltending chores and posted comparable numbers. Both had 15 wins and 6 regulation losses. Fasth had a 2.18 GAA in 25 games, and Hiller had a 2.36 in 26 appearances.
DETROIT: It wasn't easy but the Red Wings managed to get into the playoffs for a 22nd straight season, clinching their spot with a win in the season finale. Though this time, Detroit will have to navigate through the postseason without retired stalwart defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who anchored Red Wings teams that won four Stanley Cup titles and went to the finals six times in his 20 seasons. ... Jimmy Howard will have to be the ultimate backstop now after having a fine regular season in which he won 21 games and posted a 2.13 GAA. ... The Red Wings no longer rely on a potent offense. They managed only 124 goals in the regular season, with Pavel Datsyuk posting team-highs with 15 and 49 points. Henrik Zetterberg, second with 48 points, had two goals and an assist in Saturday's playoff-clinching win over Dallas. ... Rookie C Damien Brunner will be tested following a 12-goal campaign, but he was a minus-6. ... The Red Wings won their final four games by a combined score of 15-3 to get back to the playoffs.
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