By Mark KiszlaThe Oregon Ducks have clinched a spot in the NHL Playoffs for the first time in nearly 20 years, but it’s not the only thing they’ll be focusing on this weekend.
The Ducks are looking ahead to the second Wild Card game, and there’s plenty of hockey left to be played.
Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s wild card game.1.
Will the Ducks play their best hockey of the season?
The Ducks have been struggling to get their offence going offensively this season, and the goaltending has been a major concern heading into the Wild Card round.
The Ducks are 6-4-0 in their last nine games when they’ve outshot the opposition (26.4 per cent).
That’s not a great record, but they have been playing with a lot of energy and are showing plenty of grit to get back on track.
The most important thing for the Ducks is their ability to control the puck and generate chances, something that has been lacking in recent weeks.
The team has played a lot better when it’s generating shots on goal and scoring goals (4-4, plus-3).2.
Will any Ducks team make the playoffs?
The Wild Card Round will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday.
That means the Ducks will play a pair of games in one day, and will be playing two different teams for the second game.
The last two games will be at Bridewell Arena, but there will also be a third game at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Both are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and both games will feature NHL teams (the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars).
The Ducks will also play a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, but this year the Ducks have a new home (the Bridgestones Arena) that will make the game much more exciting.
The Wild Cards have the most firepower and the best goaltending of any Wild Card team, but the Ducks aren’t exactly on the same level as the Oilers, Sharks or Penguins.3.
Can the Wild make the conference final?
The playoff seeding for the NHL has changed a bit since the last Wild Card.
This year, the Ducks are the only team in the division that is not in the conference finals.
The only other team that isn’t in the final is the Calgary Flames.
That leaves the Ducks in the third spot of the standings and the Wild Cards in the wild card race.
The first Wild Card Game will take place at 7 p.ms.
ET (8 p.me/12:00 p.p.m.) on Saturday and the Ducks face off against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 pm.
The next game will be in Nashville at 7 a.m., but the Oilers and Sharks both have the game scheduled for the night before.4.
How will the Ducks’ line play against the Oilers?
The Ducks have scored four goals and four assists in five games against the Edmonton Oilers, but only one of those goals has been scored by the team’s top line.
The trio of Corey Perry, Mikael Backlund and Hampus Lindholm has been playing better, and they are expected to have a big impact in the playoffs.5.
Will there be any other Wild Card teams in the Wild card round?
There are a couple other teams that are in the playoff picture, including the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Edmonton Hurricanes.
Both teams will be facing the Oilers in the next round, and if the Ducks can keep up with the Oilers they could potentially sneak into the conference semi-finals.