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Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that Chris Wagner might end up playing in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

Wagner played in Anaheim's first two playoff games, but he got injured in Game 2 of the first round and hasn't been in the lineup since. He's been healthy enough to play since May 3, but until now Boudreau hasn't reinserted him into the lineup. Wagner has just 11 games worth of regular season and playoff experience combined in the NHL. If he does play, it will be as a bottom-six forward.
May 25 - 9:26 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have only received nine power plays to Chicago's 17 in the Western Conference Final.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was asked if the Ducks were being forced into penalties or just being careless, to which he replied, "I have to be careful how I answer this. You didn't mention what I think it is." If he needs to be careful with his answer, then odds are he thinks the officiating itself is to blame. It's worth noting that Chicago's one of the most disciplined teams in the league while the Ducks were in the top 10 in minor penalties taken in the regular season, so the fact that Chicago has received more power-play opportunities isn't surprising. The fact that the disparity is nearly 2:1 is unexpected though.
May 25 - 9:22 AM

The Anaheim Ducks can feel the tension mounting in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I think you have tension out there when you have two really good teams competing, going back and forth, trying to string wins together to win this thing," center Ryan Kesler said. "You're going to get tension there for sure." Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau put it more bluntly by saying "there's starting to become a hate for each other." It's been a back-and-forth series with each team taking two games. The stakes have naturally been raised going into Game 5 on Monday.
May 25 - 9:16 AM

Anaheim Ducks' Coach Boudreau is "sleeping" on potentially shaking up his lines in Game 5 on Monday night.

The Ducks and Blackhawks sit tied at two in their bid to represent the west in the Stanley Cup Final in June. Winger Tomas Fleischmann and defenseman James Wisniewski are the possible injections of fresh legs. Fleischmann hasn't played since Game 2 versus Calgary, and has just a point in four total postseason games. Wisniewski meanwhile has yet to dress in the playoffs.
May 24 - 7:56 PM

Francois Beauchemin set an Anaheim Ducks record Saturday for most assists in the playoffs by a defenseman.

Beauchemin picked up his 27th career assist for the Ducks when he set up Emerson Etem for Anaheim's opening goal. The assist allowed him to pass Scott Niedermeyer for the top spot in Anaheim history.
May 24 - 7:48 AM

Ryan Kesler scored his fifth goal of the playoffs on Saturday.

Kesler's goal started a flurry of Anaheim action as the Ducks scored three times in 37 seconds in the third period. Kesler has played great defense as well as he has stymied Chicago's top center Jonathan Toews at almost every opportunity. Kesler has 10 points in the post-season, making him a fine acquisition in fantasy pools.
May 24 - 7:24 AM

Emerson Etem's third goal of the playoffs tied Game 4 at one apiece.

The Long Beach, California native has played well in 11 post-season games as a bottom-six forward. He has yet to garner an assist in the playoffs and it was his first goal in the third round.
May 24 - 7:21 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have yet to lose in regulation time in the 2015 playoffs.

The Ducks lost their third game of the post-season in double-overtime on Saturday and it was the second loss in OT to the Blackhawks as they dropped Game 2 in triple-overtime. Anaheim is currently 10-3 in the playoffs and they return to Anaheim for Game 5 Monday tied at two games apiece.
May 24 - 7:09 AM

The Anaheim Ducks scored three goals in 37 seconds, becoming the second-fastest team to score three in the playoffs.

The 1979 Toronto Maple Leafs still hold the record as they scored three times in 23 seconds against the Atlanta Flames, in which Chicago coach Joel Quenneville picked up an assist on the third Leaf goal. Matt Beleskey scored the middle goal for the Ducks and now has six in the playoffs after scoring all five in the second round against the Calgary Flames.
May 24 - 7:06 AM

Corey Perry lit the lamp for the Ducks in their 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

The Western Conference final heads back to Anaheim tied up at two games apiece. Perry scored the third goal in a 37-second span for the Ducks in the second period, one that put them ahead for several minutes, 4-3. He now has nine goals and eight assists in the playoffs. Emerson Etem, Ryan Kesler, and Matt Beleskey picked up the other goals. Patrick Maroon had five shots on goal and eight hits.
May 24 - 12:24 AM

Frederik Andersen stopped 35 shots in the Ducks’ 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Neither goalie had a banner-worthy night. Andersen had given up a one goal through the first two periods, on 20 shots, then gave up three on 13 third-period shots. Andersen still sports a 10-3 record, with a 1.92 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. The Western Conference final is knotted up at two.
May 24 - 12:22 AM

Interesting fact heading into Game 4 of the 2015 Western Conference Final: no player has more than one goal so far.

With all the firepower on hand, you'd think that someone would have found the net at least twice, but that's not the case. In fact, the leading point-getter so far is Ryan Getzlaf, who has four assists but zero tallies. To be fair, both teams were likely quite tired in Game 3, so perhaps we'll see more zip on Saturday.
May 23 - 6:43 PM

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is unleashing his underrated shot more often, which is great news to Bruce Boudreau.

Getzlaf has 34 SOG in 12 playoff games, even with zero in Game 3. That's not far off from three SOG per game (2.83), which is a heavier pace than the 191 he had in 77 regular season games (2.48). Boudreau admits he sometimes wants to "wring his neck" for not shooting more often, as it can be quite a weapon for the power forward (even if he's only getting assists in this series).
May 23 - 6:34 PM

Not a huge surprise, but note that the Anaheim Ducks are sticking with their same lines as they face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 on Saturday.

You can stick with lines that work (or avoid ones that don't work) in daily fantasy and other formats.
May 23 - 4:31 PM

Look for Frederik Andersen to get the start in goal for Anaheim on Saturday.

The Ducks enter Game 4 up 2-1 in the series with Andersen playing stellar hockey between the pipes. He is currently 10-2 in the post-season with a 1.75 GAA and a .935 save percentage.
May 23 - 6:10 AM


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