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2011 NHL Playoffs: Ducks To Battle Predators In First Round

By virtue of winning their last three games, and 15 of their last 20 contests, the Anaheim Ducks have clinched the No. 4 seed in the NHL playoffs. The Ducks will open their first round series at home against the No. 5 seed Nashville Predators. The full playoff schedule will be announced Sunday night.

Here is a look back at the previous meetings this season between the Ducks (47-30-5) and Predators (44-27-11). Anaheim is 1-2-1 against Nashville this season:

  • October 9 (at Nashville): Predators 4, Ducks 1: Steve Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal in Nashville's season opener
  • November 7 (at Anaheim): Ducks 5, Predators 4: Paul Mara scored with 1.7 seconds remaining in the third period to give Anaheim their only win over Nashville this season.
  • January 5 (at Anaheim): Predators 4, Ducks 1: Saku Koivu scored the only goal for Anaheim
  • March 24 (at Nashville): Predators 5, Ducks 4 (OT): Ryan Getzlaf had three assists in the loss

The 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday night.

For more news and information about the Ducks, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.