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Detroit/Anaheim: Breaking Down the Second-Round Series

Published by on April 28, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Here's a second-round match-up that features two well-seasoned playoff rivals. This pairing has all the factors—skill, history, revenge, and most importantly, hate—that make a series great.

Anaheim is coming off an impressive first-round win over the President's Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks. However, it isn't as huge an upset as some would like to think: The Ducks are not your average No. 8 seed. In the second half of the season, the Ducks were one of the top teams in the NHL.

Detroit swept the fresh-faced Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round and appear primed for another deep playoff run. They answered the critics in round one, with goalkeeper Chris Osgood and the rest of the team stepping up their...

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