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Numbers show Ducks didn't dominate Flames

Despite sweep, Anaheim statistically outplayed by Calgary in playoff series

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks completed a four-game sweep in the Western Conference First Round series and became the first team to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite winning in four games, it wasn't very one-sided, according to the underlying numbers.

Each of the four games was decided by one goal, minus empty-net goals, meaning a single bounce could have changed the outcome of any game.

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Ducks vs. Flames key statistics

Anaheim, Calgary top two penalized teams, good at protecting leads

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The most physical series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs could be the Western Conference First Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames.

According to the numbers, these are the two most penalized teams in the NHL, with each seeking to establish an early lead and then protect it with hard-hitting defensive play.

Here are five interesting stats about this series:

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Senators vs. Bruins key statistics

Expect more hits than goals in gritty first-round series

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and ready to compete in an Eastern Conference First Round series that will feature a contrast of styles and a lot more hits than goals.

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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs key statistics

Toronto can match Washington's offense, not its defense

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals offense gets a lot of attention, but the Toronto Maple Leafs may be their equal when it comes to scoring. The real story is the Capitals highly underrated defensive play; Washington goaltenders Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer won the William M. Jennings Trophy by allowing the fewest goals (170, plus seven empty-net goals) during the regular season.

According to the numbers, the Maple Leafs will have to rely on center Auston Matthews and their other rookies to jump to an early lead, because their chances of an upset will dwindle with every passing moment they trail an opponent that plays excellent shutdown defense.

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Penguins vs. Blue Jackets key statistics

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky faces tough task against Sidney Crosby, Penguins

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The most exciting series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs could be the Eastern Conference First Round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Oilers vs. Sharks key statistics

San Jose faced with task of trying to shut down Connor McDavid

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid could be the focal point of the Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks, which may boil down to a battle between youth and experience.

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Blackhawks vs. Predators key statistics

Expect plenty of lead changes in first-round series

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Chicago Blackhawks rely on a disciplined game built almost exclusively around their small, talented core, but the Nashville Predators will be at liberty to take some chances, knowing that they can get scoring from any line, at any position, and at any manpower situation.

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Canadiens vs. Rangers key statistics

Both teams known for comebacks, exceptional third-period play

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers begin an Eastern Conference First Round series at Bell Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) that could prove to be the most thrilling.

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Blues vs. Wild key statistics

St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko, Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter will be matchup to watch in first round

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

One of the most exciting individual player matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs features Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild trying to shut down Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues.

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Henrik Lundqvist has numbers on his side

Rangers goaltender should keep climbing all-time wins list

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

When the New York Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 at BB&T Center on March 7, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist earned the 404th win of his NHL career, passing Grant Fuhr for 10th place on the League's all-time list.

Lundqvist hasn't won since.

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