5 Things You Need to Know About Wednesday's Blackhawks vs. Ducks Showdown

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5 Things You Need to Know About Wednesday's Blackhawks vs. Ducks Showdown
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The two best teams in the NHL will play Wednesday night at the Honda Center when the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks battle in a potential Western Conference Finals preview.

Chicago sits atop the Western Conference standings with a 24-2-3 record, but it has only a five-point lead over Anaheim (21-3-4), which also has a game in hand.

This is the second of three meetings between these clubs this season. The Ducks currently have a 1-0 head-to-head advantage because of their 2-1 shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Feb. 12 in Chicago.

Even though it's only a regular-season game and both teams are close to clinching a playoff spot, all these players will want to win this game and make a statement to their opponent and the rest of the league.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews talked about this matchup Tuesday, and wasn't shy about describing its importance (via Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times):

Let's look at five things you need to know about Wednesday's Western Conference showdown.

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