Why Anaheim Will Win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.11.2011 / 12:53 PM PT / 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 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65


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