NHL 2007 playoffs: Anaheim-Minnesota

Francois GendronSenior Writer IApril 11, 2007


Two of the best teams in the goals allowed section are matched up for this series. First the Anaheim Ducks with their star goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Giguere had an excellent season despite an injury, he shows a 2.26 goal against average in the 56 games he played. The Ducks' main offensive weapons are Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald and defensemen Scott Niedermayer. Anaheim came very close from winning a Stanley cup a few years ago with Giguere in net; the Ducks lost game 7 of the Stanley cup final in 2003.

The Minnesota Wild are coached by Jacques Lemaire, a defense guru. Their goaltender statistics this season are impressive because of that. Niklas Backstrom finished the season with a goal against average of 1.97 in 41 games while Manny Fernandez had a 2.55 GAA in 44 games. On offense the Wild cannot be considered as a serious threat. Marian Gaborik is the only serious offensive weapon of Minnesota. Gaborik managed to total 57 points in 48 games. But I don't see how they could even win a single series this year with so little offensive talent.

The Ducks should win this series in 5 easy games.