Offense: Led by
The Ducks are averaging more than a goal per game than they did during the regular season behind the dynamic duo of first-liners
Defense: The loss of
The Ducks rank second in the league by allowing just 2.00 goals per game during the playoffs. They have three solid if not spectacular pairings and the Hawks' speed will provide a big challenge. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said the Hawks are, "overall, probably the fastest team in the
Special teams: A healthy and high-flying Kane has jump-started the Hawks' power play. The flashy winger is equally adept at creating scoring chances for both himself and his teammates and the Hawks' success rate with a man advantage has risen from 17.6 percent in the regular season to 20.0 in the playoffs. Toews, Keith,
The penalty kill is still a work-in-progress for the Hawks. After halting opponents' man advantages at an 83.4 percent pace in the regular season, the Hawks rank 12th in the playoffs at 72.7. Clearing the crease of Ducks will be critical for the Hawks as Anaheim will look to use its size to create traffic and screen goaltender Corey Crawford.
Getzlaf, Perry and Beleskey each have two power-play goals as the Ducks have been terrific on the power play. They top the league with a terrific 31.0 success rate in the playoffs after finishing 28th during the regular season at 15.7 percent. Defenseman
The penalty kill has been a strong suit for the Ducks with Getzlaf, Kesler, Francois Beauchemin,
Goaltending: After temporarily losing his starting job to Scott Darling during the Hawks' first-round series against the
At 6-foot-3, 236 pounds, Frederik Andersen is a big goalie with some equally big numbers this postseason, including a .925 save percentage and 1.96 goals-against average. The conference finals mark the biggest stage the Denmark native will have appeared in during his two seasons in the NHL — and experience in pressure situations could be a factor.
Chris Kuc's prediction: Both teams are undefeated at home during the playoffs and while the Ducks have home-ice advantage, the well-rested and healthy Hawks aren't intimidated at the
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