Preview and Prediction for the Anaheim Ducks-Detroit Red Wings Playoff Matchup

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Preview and Prediction for the Anaheim Ducks-Detroit Red Wings Playoff Matchup
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The Anaheim Ducks have been locked into second place in the NHL’s Western Conference since blanking the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Monday. After five subsequent days of scoreboard and standings monitoring, they got last-minute confirmation that the Detroit Red Wings will drop in on the Honda Center for Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Detroit ensured its playoff qualification as well as seventh place in the Western Conference with an identical 3-0 triumph over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Fascinatingly, all three regular-season meetings in 2013 went to the road team, with the Ducks grounding the Wings 5-2 on Feb. 15 and Detroit taking two from Anaheim’s ice on March 22 and 24.

Is it safe to let the ice chips from those three games be dumped out? Probably. But there may be some things left over from the regular season that are worth inspecting as we look ahead to the postseason.

On that note, here is the breakdown of the second-versus-seventh Western Conference playoff series.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com

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