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1 Friday, May 1, 7pm et Ducks 2, Red Wings 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Sunday, May 3, 1:30pm et on TSN Ducks 4, Red Wings 3 (3OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Tuesday, May 5, 10:30pm et on TSN Red Wings 1, Ducks 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Thursday, May 7, 10:30pm et on TSN Red Wings 6, Ducks 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Sunday, May 10, 5pm et on TSN Ducks 1, Red Wings 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Tuesday, May 12, 10pm et on TSN Red Wings 1, Ducks 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
7 Thursday, May 14, 7pm et Ducks 3, Red Wings 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
Detroit wins series 4-3
* If Necessary

DETROIT RED WINGS

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Regular Season Record: 51-21-10, 112 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 3-0-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2008
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2008
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Henrik Zetterberg (1), Brian Rafalski (3), Jiri Hudler(1), Johan Franzen (1), Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Nicklas Kronwall (1), Mikael Samuelsson (1), Dan Cleary (1), Valtteri Filppula (1), Tomas Holmstrom (4), Tomas Kopecky (1), Kris Draper (4), Brett Lebda (1), Andreas Lilja (1), Brad Stuart (1), Kirk Maltby (4), Aaron Downey (1), Darren McCarty (4), Darren Helm (1), Chris Chelios (3), Chris Osgood (3)

How They Got Here: After capturing the 11th Stanley Cup in franchise history last year the Wings were able to keep their eyes on the prize during the regular season, finishing 2nd in the Western Conference. The Winged Wheel then took care of business in the first round by rudely welcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets to the post-season party with a four game sweep. Taking the Jackets out in four straight gives the old Wings’ legs a couple extra days off to rest up for the next round.

A Reason To Cheer For The Red Wings: No team has repeated as Stanley Cup champions since…well, the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Virtually every member of the team owns a Stanley Cup ring, the exceptions being off-season acquisitions Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin. Ironically, both played for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and were on hand to watch the Wings celebrate their Stanley Cup title. If the Wings do end up winning it all again, will the ageless Chris Chelios retire? (Doubtful).

What They Bring To The Table: By this point you know what you are going to get with Detroit. They are a disciplined, well coached, fundamentally sound team that can roll four lines. They sacrifice individual glory for what is best for the team, which speaks to the professionalism of those inside the organization. Thanks to their victory last year, the Wings - more than any other team - know what it takes to win. Their veteran core of Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Rafalski, Holmstrom and Osgood all have multiple Stanley Cup rings. Head coach Mike Babcock has done a fantastic job keeping his team focused this season when there could have been a serious Stanley Cup hangover. The Wings’ forwards are as good a group as you will find in the league with no fewer than five 20 goal scorers. That scoring depth was on display in the first round as it was generally the role players who provided the offence against the Blue Jackets. What truly separates Detroit from the pack is their defensive unit. Led by perennial Norris Trophy candidate Nicklas Lidstrom, the Wings blueline is absolutely stacked with a nice mix of puck movers and bangers. They are also battle tested thanks to last year’s championship run. Heading into the playoffs it appeared as goaltending was the Wings’ one weak link; however Chris Osgood answered his critics by out dueling star rookie Steve Mason in Round 1. There has to be a great deal of personal satisfaction for Osgood who repaid Babcock’s loyalty to him. If Ozzie is back to championship form than the Wings are an odds-on bet to repeat.


ANAHEIM DUCKS

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Regular Season Record: 42-33-7, 91 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 0-3-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2007
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2007
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Ryan Getzlaf (1), Corey Perry (1), Scott Niedermayer (4), Teemu Selanne (1), Chris Pronger (1), Rob Niedermayer (1), Todd Marchant (1), George Parros (1), Drew Miller (1), Ryan Carter (1), Bret Hedican (1), Francois Beauchemin (1), JS Giguere (1)

How They Got Here: The Ducks ousted the top seeded Sharks in six games of their Western Conference quarter-final series and are the eighth No. 8 seed since 1994 to upset the No. 1 team, a feat accomplished by San Jose in 1994 and 2000.

A Reason To Cheer For The Ducks: Because Scott Niedermayer's thumb is jealous of all the fingers on his hand that wear Stanley Cup rings. The current edition of the Ducks is not that different to the team that won it all just two years ago. They are big, mean, tough, battle proven and are the type of team that no one wants to face in the first round.

What They Bring To The Table: The Ducks have a great mixture of skill and toughness. Their two top scorers - Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry - are also among the team's leaders in penalty minutes. The Ducks can score with anyone in the league thanks to their potent power play. They have Niedermayer at quarterback, Chris Pronger launching bombs from the point and Perry, Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and rookie Bobby Ryan to bang pucks home. As one of the most penalized teams in the league, Anaheim will really need to be disciplined in the post-season - where a bad penalty can cost a team a series. Fortunately for the Ducks, they have a both a coach in Randy Carlyle and a goaltender in J.S. Giguere who have won it all before and won't be in awe of their surroundings. While Giguere didn't enjoy his best statistical season, he is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner that has the ability to steal a game or a series if necessary. Should he falter, Jonas Hiller is among the top backups in the league and will be ready to step in if needed. The Ducks are getting hot at the right time - if they can re-capture some of that magic of two seasons ago, they could really cause their opponents some problems.


 

Statistical keys to the series

- Detroit ranked first in the league on the power play, with a 25.5% success rate. Anaheim ranked fifth at 23.6%.

- Detroit's power play leads the playoffs, with a 31.8% success rate. Anaheim ranks sixth at 21.7%.

- Detroit ranked 25th in the league in penalty killing, with a 78.3% success rate. Anaheim ranked 23rd at 79.7%.

- Detroit's penalty killing ranks 13th in the playoffs, with a 76.9% success rate. Anaheim ranks ninth at 83.3%.

- Brad Stuart (157), Tomas Kopecky (109) and Daniel Cleary (107) were the Red Wings' leading hitters in the regular season.

- Darren Helm (17), Daniel Cleary (16) and Brad Stuart (11) were the Red Wings' leading hitters in the first round.

- Ryan Getzlaf (134), Corey Perry (109) and James Wisniewski (90) were the Ducks' leading hitters in the regular season. Wisniewski's totals include games with Chicago.

- James Wisniewski (18), Sheldon Brookbank (16) and Ryan Getzlaf (15) were the Ducks' leading hitters in the first round.

- Kris Draper was the Red Wings' top face-off man in the regular season -- 60.3%. Darren Helm was best in the the first round -- 56.7%.

Erik Christensen was the Ducks' top face-off man in the regular season -- 55.7%. Christensen's totals include games with Atlanta. Todd Marchant was best in the first round -- 56.6%.

- Detroit's Marian Hossa tied for fifth in the league with 40 goals.

- Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf tied for third in the league with 66 assists. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk ranked fifth with 65 assists.

- Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk ranked fourth in the league with 97 points. Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf tied for sixth in the league with 91 points.

- Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk ranked third in the league at plus-34. Nicklas Lidstrom ranked seventh at plus-31.

- Anaheim's Teemu Selanne tied for fifth in the league with 16 power play goals.

- Detroit's Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen and Anaheim's Corey Perry tied for seventh in the league with eight game-winning goals.

- Pavel Datsyuk led the Red Wings with seven points in four games against Anaheim this year.

- Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks with nine points in four games against the Red Wings this year.

- Detroit's leaders in power play ice time (per game in Round One):
Nicklas Lidstrom 4:02
Brian Rafalski 3:45
Marian Hossa 3:37
Tomas Holmstrom 3:35
Niklas Kronwall 3:31
Jiri Hudler 3:26

- Anaheim's leaders in power play ice time (per game in Round One):
Corey Perry 3:18
Chris Pronger 3:12
Teemu Selanne 3:10
Ryan Getzlaf 3:05
Scott Niedermayer 3:01
Ryan Whitney 2:08

- Detroit's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game in Round One):
Nicklas Lidstrom 3:16
Brad Stuart 3:00
Niklas Kronwall 2:10
Dan Cleary 2:06
Henrik Zetterberg 2:04
Valtteri Filppula 1:43

- Anaheim's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game in Round One):
Todd Marchant 4:49
Scott Niedermayer 4:36
Francois Beauchemin 3:52
Petteri Nokelainen 3:40
Chris Pronger 3:06
Mike Brown 3:06

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