ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks are about to find out whether their outstanding regular season means anything in the playoffs.
The Ducks realize their impressive record and Pacific Division title won't matter much to the surging Detroit Red Wings.
Second-seeded Anaheim drew a tough first-round matchup with postseason-tested Detroit, which has given trouble to Teemu Selanne and his teammates for years. They're meeting in the postseason for the sixth time in 16 years.
While the Ducks largely coasted into the playoffs after jumping to a fantastic early-season start, the Red Wings are humming after playing tense games down the stretch just to make it into their 22nd straight postseason.
Game 1 is Tuesday night at Honda Center.
Advertisement

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Crosby focused on resuscitating Pens Riding a nine-game winning streak, Washington is the hottest team in hockey right now. But will the league’s third-leading scorer throw a wrench into the Caps’...
Thumbnail Western Conference titans clash shortly John Gibson is acclimating quite nicely to his new role as the Ducks’ workhorse in net. Still, can the 23-year-old cool off the Blues tonight?
Thumbnail Elite netminders lock horns in Montreal Two of the NHL’s most explosive offenses are preparing to collide in Quebec. With Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist on the scene, however, will stellar...
Thumbnail Note goalie wades into hostile territory So far, Jake Allen's first season as the Blues' undisputed No. 1 netminder has not gone according to plan. But can he reverse the...
Thumbnail Ovechkin targets another major milestone It’s always a treat to see Eastern Conference powerhouses Pittsburgh and Washington do battle. Tonight’s meeting in the nation’s capital, however, should have...

NHL Team Pages