Which team will survive the first round of NHL playoffs: Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks?
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Which team will survive the first round of NHL playoffs: Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks?

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It's that time of year again. The real NHL season begins. The Stanley Cup is up for grabs and 16 teams are vying the biggest prize in hockey. In the first round, the Anaheim Ducks are facing off against the San Jose Sharks. The Ducks fought off early-season injuries and are in position to do some postseason damage. However, the Sharks have an immovable defense that will stone Anaheim. Who advances? 🏒

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#LetsGoDucks
23.6%
#SJSharks
76.4%

The Ducks looked like toast at the beginning of the season when injuries ravaged their roster, but they were able to recover and finish second in the Pacific Division. Their depth on offense is as imposing as any in the NHL with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell. 

Anaheim also has two capable goalies who can take over games. John Gibson is fighting an injury, but notched a 2.43 goals against average, a .926 save percentage. His back-up, and former Team USA goalie, Ryan Miller went 12-6-6 with a 2.35 GAA and a .928 save percentage. These Ducks are going to make some noise and dispatch the Sharks.

Everyone knows the Ducks are chokers in the postseason. At least the Sharks have made the Stanley Cup Final in the last five years. 

Brent Burns leads the team's talented defense and the Sharks have allowed the least amount of shots among the remaining western conference teams. San Jose also has Joe Pavelski, who remains one of the best centers in the NHL, notching 65 points this season. The Sharks know what it takes to make it to the Cup. They should have no problem with the Ducks

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