GameThread: Ducks @ Oilers: Pacific Division or Bust

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The Ducks can clinch the Pacific Division title and second overall in the West with a win against the Oilers.

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Season Series Record, Ducks vs. Oilers: 2-0-0

KNOW THY ENEMY

Record (Points): 17-20-7 = 41 points

Place in Northwest Division: 4th

Place in Western Conference: 13th, missing the playoffs once again.

Who's Hot? The Oilers and the golf season. They're now headed to links for the 7th straight season since losing in the finals in 2006. [Ed. Note: They now have the distinction of being the franchise with the longest playoff appearance drought. - JN]

Who's Not? I could really do without seeing Taylor Hall score another goal against Anaheim...ever, however, in 8 games played against the Ducks, he's only got two goals including his tally last night.

Numbers for Nerds: In an awesome repeat of events, Edmonton remains not hot when it comes to Anaheim who has completely dominated the Oilers in their own building having won (including last night) the last 10 meetings in Edmonton.

Enemy Dossier: Copper N Blue

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DUCKS PREVIEW

If this is what they needed to get back on track, I'm totally ok with breaking some hearts in Edmonton just for the heck of it.

Now that the Oilers are officially out of the post season, they've probably lost a little bit of the fight that we saw from them on Sunday evening. However, it's obvious that they're a team with some work ahead of them despite their feisty play.

Then again, so is Anaheim.

Thankfully, the resurgence of Nick Bonino is alive and well. Somehow that guy is the looking like he might be the key piece that the Ducks have been missing for the previous month or so without the center in the lineup. His 2 assists since returning is a good indication that he's an important piece to the roster. Who knew!?!

One more point for the Ducks guarantees them the Pacific Division title and Edmonton seems the perfect place to grab it. Because, and trust me on this one, there isn't anything better to do in Edmonton than play a hockey game, take a few points with you, and then get the hell out of there as fast as possible.

GO DUCKS!!!

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