Judging by the fundamentals, Anaheim sure looks like a team that's primed to fall back into the pack. Their control of the flow of play is only marginally ahead of Nashville's, and their goaltending is not quite as strong. Their 11.4 shooting percentage in 5-on-5 play, however, has kept them scoring in bunches (for perspective, the best such number over the last two seasons was 9.9% by Tampa Bay in 2011-2012). Going forward we should expect that scoring to drop off by 20% or more, taking a large slice out of their production.
In their two previous meetings this season, the Ducks took shootout decisions after playing to 2-2 ties during regulation & overtime play.
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