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Why Anaheim Will Win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.11.2011 / 3:53 PM / News
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Why Anaheim Will Win the Stanley Cup
The last time the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup, they relied on an outstanding top line, a deep defense and solid goaltending. Four seasons later, all the parts are in place for another Cup championship.

The Big Why: This Ducks team is assembled in very similar fashion to the club that hoisted the Cup in 2007. The top two lines are capable of dominating offensively, and the other two lines provide solid checking and energy.

Up front, the line of Hart Trophy candidate Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan might be the best in the League. Perry hit the 50-goal mark for the first time in his career, Getzlaf remains a preeminent set-up man, and Ryan finished with his third-straight 30-goal season. Not only can that line score, it can be physical.

Teemu Selanne is like the NHL's version of Peter Pan. No one's told him he's 40-years-old because he certainly doesn't play that way. His 16 power-play goals are third in the League and his goals and points totals are the most he's had since the Cup-winning season.

While the Ducks don't have Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger on defense this time around, their overall depth might be better than the Cup-winning group. Lubomir Visnovsky led all defensemen in scoring, Toni Lydman finished tied for second in the League in plus/minus and rookie Cam Fowler had some Niedermayer-esque moments as an 18-year-old.

The Big Uh-Oh: The Ducks need to find a healthy goalie, as Ray Emery is working through a lower-body issue and Jonas Hiller is fighting vertigo. And with the amount of penalties the Ducks take, they need to improve their penalty kill.

Final Argument: Perry and Getzlaf were kids when they led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup four seasons ago. With all the experience they've gained since then, they'll be even harder to knock out of these playoffs. For the second time in four seasons, Lord Stanley will be spending some quality time at the beach this summer.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

Author: Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
7 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41


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