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Jets to play first playoff game since 2007 vs. Ducks

by Patrick Williams /

JETS (43-26-13) at DUCKS (51-24-7)


Season series: The Anaheim Ducks went 3-0-0 against the Winnipeg Jets. In the final game of the season series, the Ducks won 5-4 after a shootout Jan. 11 at Honda Center. Ducks center Rickard Rakell had two goals and four assists. Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen had a 2.58 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in the three games. Jets captain Andrew Ladd had two goals and an assist.

Jets team scope: Winnipeg will play its first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2007, when the franchise was the Atlanta Thrashers. Coach Paul Maurice said forward Mathieu Perreault (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round best-of-7 series, according to the Jets website. Perreault skated at the end of practice at Honda Center on Wednesday. Defenseman Toby Enstrom also did not practice, but Maurice said he will play in Game 1. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec finished the season 9-2-1 with four shutouts and a 182:05 shutout streak in his final three games. The Jets set a franchise record this season with 99 points; their 43 wins and 20 road wins each tied a franchise record. The Winnipeg franchise has never won a playoff game. Its only playoff appearance was a four-game sweep by the New York Rangers in the first round in 2007.

Ducks team scope: Anaheim could be without goaltender John Gibson and center Nate Thompson for Game 1, according to the Ducks website. Gibson and Thompson each has an upper-body injury and did not practice Wednesday, but coach Bruce Boudreau said Gibson is getting closer. Forward Chris Wagner, who played nine games with Anaheim this season, would likely replace Thompson. If Gibson does not dress, veteran Jason LaBarbera will back up Andersen. Anaheim won its second consecutive Western Conference title and its third consecutive Pacific Division title. The Ducks’ 51 wins were the second-most in their history; their 25 road wins tied a record and were second-most in the NHL. Their 26 home wins tied for fourth in the League. Anaheim is the first team to have back-to-back 50-win seasons since the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-12. The Ducks lost in the Western Conference Second Round in seven games against the Los Angeles Kings last season.

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