Beware of the Wounded Ducks
April 6, 2009 by Big Tony
With the last week of the season upon us the crazy race to the playoffs in the Western Conference is starting to solidify. The top five spots are already sewed up the only question now is where in the pecking order each team will fall. Detroit and San Jose have been jostling at the top of the conference seemingly since day one, and there is something to be said for that come playoff time. However, the most dangerous team that nobody is talking about resides in Anaheim. The Ducks’ biggest challenge this season will be just qualifying for the post-season; but once they’re in it will take a lot of pressure off of them and they will be able to shine. The Ducks have already taken themselves out of the bottom of the west where they seemed to be fading away into 7th position overall. Anaheim’s experience is carrying them a long way and it is that very experience that will lead them to post-season success. The likes of Selanne, Pronger, J.S. Giguere, and the Niedermayer brothers have all been there before and will not shy away from any adversity that comes their way. Keep in mind that just two years ago this team was hoisting the Stanley Cup and last year’s early exit was very much a result of sheer fatigue. But now the Ducks are back, they are rolling right along and they can beat anybody at any time. There is no fear in the 2008-2009 version of the Anaheim Ducks and despite the odds against them (namely their age) don’t be surprised to see these Ducks go deep into the playoffs and perhaps even win it all.