2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: Round 1

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Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks

When I think of the Winnipeg Jets (WC-2) and the Anaheim Ducks (P-1), I can’t help but think about Teemu Selanne and what he meant to these two clubs. Anyways, this isn’t about Selanne, let’s dive right into this match-up.

Looking at this series, I can’t help but be excited of what’s to come. Both teams are known for their scoring and aggressive play. This is definitely going to be one of the more exciting and high scoring match-ups of the first round. On one side, we have the Anaheim Ducks, who picked up right where they left off last year, atop the Pacific Division. On the other hand, the Winnipeg Jets have clinched their first playoff berth in their new history. The city of Winnipeg is going to be rocking for their home playoff games.

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  • On paper, this has been a very lopsided season series seeing the Anaheim Ducks sweep the Winnipeg Jets 3-0. Granted, two of those games were decided in extra time. The stellar play of Ondrej Pavelec down the stretch has got the Winnipeg Jets where they are today. They also reached the postseason without one of their most valuable players, defensemen Dustin Byfuglien, for four of the final five games down the stretch. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec posted three consecutive shutouts, to will his team into the postseason. This included victories against the Wild and Blues on back-to-back nights. To say that this team has earned it is an understatement.

    Getting into the playoffs and advancing is another thing. With the LA Kings missing the playoffs, I fully expect the Anaheim Ducks to be hungrier than ever and looking to make a statement. Unfortunately for the Winnipeg Jets, their run comes to an end. I believe the Ducks make short work of the Jets in a very thrilling and exciting series. Ducks in five.