After failing to qualify for the playoffs last season, the Anaheim Ducks were picked by most NHL pundits to once again, be one of the league’s bottom feeders. With a 3-0 victory over Edmonton on Monday night, the Ducks clinched their second Pacific Division title in their 20-year history.

“It’s exciting to win the Pacific Division. It’s really big for us,” said forward Andrew Cogliano who is making his first trip to the postseason in his six years in the NHL. “We had a lot of doubters at the beginning of the year. This is satisfying for everyone.”

The Ducks last Pacific Division title was back in the 2006-07 season when Anaheim went on to win their first and only Stanley Cup. The Ducks are locked in as the second seed in the Western Conference, guaranteeing them a minimum of home ice advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Anaheim is still awaiting to find out their opening round playoff opponent. The likely opposition being Minnesota, Columbus or Detroit. These three teams are separated by just one point as they fight it out for the final two berths into the postseason.

The Ducks leave Edmonton in far better shape than when they arrived. Anaheim came to Edmonton having lost four straight, scoring a paltry five goals in the four games. The Ducks offense came to life in sweeping this mini two-game series from the struggling Oilers, scoring three goals in each of the two contests.

While it may not be an offensive explosion, the Ducks are a virtual lock to win games when scoring at least three goals. Anaheim has won 39 of their past 43 games when they score at least three times in a game.