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Stanley Cup playoff previewAnaheim preview: It is fitting this Stanley Cup series kicks off after graduation weekend. The Anaheim
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MatchupsGoal: Hall of Fame goalie vs. goaltending performance of the decade. JSG (1.22 GAA, .960 sv. %, 4 SO), MB (1.62 GAA, .937 sv %, 4 SO).
Edge: slightly to Anaheim Defense: The Ducks play a solid defensive system as a whole, but New Jersey has the star power.
Edge: New Jersey Offense: Gomez, Elias have struggled, and Nieuwendyk is injured. Kariya was struggling but seems to have turned it on.
Edge: even Special teams: Ducks PK 87.4% PP 16.1%,
Edge: slightly to Anaheim Coaching: Pat Burns has experience in the finals with Montreal in 1989, and can motivate and make adjustments with the best, but rookie coach Mike Babcock has stood out this postseason. Detroit and Dallas struggled as much with the trapping defense in front of Giguere as they did with Giguere himself, and Jacques Lemaire's club managed only one goal in four games.
Edge: even Prediction: New Jersey has had little time to heal from the grueling series with Ottawa. Anaheim will look to take advantage of this fatigue early. If New Jersey weathers the storm and builds momentum, the