With Saturday's 2-1 win in Arizona, the Anaheim Ducks (51-24-7, 109 pts.) clinched the top record in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season (and second time in club history). Anaheim’s First Round opponent will be the Winnipeg Jets, who secured the Western Conference’s second Wild Card spot on April 9.
ANAHEIM DUCKS vs. WINNIPEG JETS FIRST ROUND PREVIEW
The Anaheim Ducks-Winnipeg Jets series marks the first playoff meeting between the two clubs. Anaheim won the 2014-15 season series, 3-0-0. The season series began on Dec. 7 at MTS Centre, a 4-3 Ducks overtime victory on Kyle Palmieri’s goal 53 seconds into the extra session. The Ducks were back in Winnipeg six nights later on Dec. 13, a 4-1 Ducks win in which Ryan Getzlaf collected 1-1=2 points. The Ducks wrapped up the series on Jan. 11 at Honda Center, a 5-4 shootout win, on Teemu Selanne's jersey retirement night. Anaheim rallied from a 4-2 deficit with 13:35 remaining in the third period and won it with a shootout goal by Sami Vatanen. The special night at Honda Center paid tribute to Selanne's legendary career with the Ducks and included poignant moments from his time with the Jets, including his record-breaking 76-goal rookie season in 1992-93.
Rickard Rakell led Anaheim skaters with 2-4=6 points in the three matchups vs. Winnipeg, while Mathieu Perreault (0-3=3), Andrew Ladd (2-1=3) and Dustin Byfuglien (1-2=3) paced Winnipeg skaters in points vs. the Ducks.
All-time, Anaheim has a 12-7-1 record vs. the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise including a 5-4-1 mark at Honda Center. Tomas Fleischmann leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. the Jets with 10-20=30 points in 41 career matchups. Lee Stempniak has recorded 9-13=22 points in 28 career games vs. Anaheim, leading Winnipeg skaters. Mathieu Perreault is the only player on either club who has dressed for the opposing squad. Perreault played 69 games with Anaheim last season before joining the Jets in the summer.
Anaheim’s 2015 playoff berth marks its third straight postseason appearance and 11th in franchise history. The Ducks have a 65-53 all-time postseason record in 118 games. Anaheim has gone 38-23 at Honda Center and has a 27-30 record on the road.