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Goldie's Playoff Blog: Anaheim & Detroit Provide Plenty of Excitement

Monday, 05.14.2007 / 12:09 PM ET / News
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Goldie\'s Playoff Blog: Anaheim & Detroit Provide Plenty of Excitement
Anaheim and Detroit could turn out to be the best Stanley Cup playoff series we’ve seen. They are tied at one game apiece going out to the left coast after the Ducks overtime game 2 win. Detroit took the opener, also by a goal, on a fluke goal in the 3rd period. These two teams have it all. Super goaltending in Dominik Hasek and JS Giguere, arguably the three best defensemen in the NHL, Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger and the Wings Nik Lidstrom and enough offense to make it more than a defensive struggle. Perhaps most importantly, the Ducks and Red Wings both have the leadership and character needed to have playoff success. The undrafted Andy McDonald is Anaheim’s #1 center and the team’s heart and soul. In Detroit, Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan are the big names that left but Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby remain as solid players on and off the ice. This series is what NHL hockey should be. We are lucky they are only two games into it because there will be a few more classic games.  It’s almost a shame that one of these teams won’t play for the Stanley Cup.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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