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Two teams on the playoff bubble that cant score, and have outstanding goaltending. Which top 6 will emerge victoriously?

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Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus LA Kings
39-24-13 (91 points) Record 43-28-7 (93 points)
4th in Pacific, 8th in West, 15th in NHL Standings 3rd in Pacific, 6th in West, 11th in NHL
2.78 (21st) GF/GP 2.90 (16th)
2.61 (5th) GA/GP 2.45 (2nd)
17.8% (22nd) Power Play 21.0% (12th)
83.2% (4th) Penalty Kill 85.0% (1st)
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell (31) Goals Anze Kopitar (35)
Ryan Getzlaf (46) Assists Anze Kopitar (54)
Rickard Rakell (65) Points Anze Kopitar (89)
Rickard Rakell (7) PPG Dustin Brown (8)
Andrew Cogliano (3) SH Trevor Lewis (2)
Cam Fowler (24:48), Ryan Getzlaf (21:15) TOI/GP (D&F) Drew Doughty (26:45), Anze Kopitar (22:05)
J.T. Brown (53.11), Hampus Lindholm (52.00) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Kyle Clifford (52.69). Jake Muzzin (52.98)
John Gibson GOALIES Jonathon Quick
30-18-7 Record 31-27-2
.925 Save % .923
31.60 SA/GP 29.35

Projected Lineups

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Ondrej Kase - Adam Henrique - Troy Terry

Nick Ritchie - Derek Grant - J.T. Brown

Cam Fowler - Brandon Montour

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Marcus Pettersson - Francois Beauchemin

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Los Angeles Kings

Alex Iafallo - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Tobias Reider - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson - Adrian Kempe - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Nate Thompson - Torrey Mitchell

Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez - Dion Phanuef

Kevin Gravel - Christian Folin

Jonathon Quick

Jack Campbell

Numbers for Nerds and Nerdettes

The Ducks thus far this season have had the least volume of scoring out of their top 6 of any of current Western Conference finalists. In fact only Vancouver and Arizona's top 6 have scored less than the Ducks 268 (accumulated) top 6 points this season. This is also true of the total number of points scored by all players accumulated on the team. However, the Ducks match up well with their bottom 6 scoring, with primary points scored by players outside of their top 6, ranking second in the Western Conference when rated on a per game basis. Only the team they face tonight, the LA Kings, depth scoring has produced more on a per game basis, with 5.6 (compared to the Ducks 5.2).

With so little top 6 scoring it should come as no surprise that superior goal tending has buoyed these two teams. Assuming all teams reverted to league average goaltending throughout the season, the majority of the Western Conference leaders would drop a couple of standings positions. In the case of the Kings and the Ducks, they would drop into the lottery and be ranked 23rd and 24th in the league, respectively.

With both teams evenly matched in goal and throughout the bottom 6, it seems which top 6 can break the shackles will lead their team to victory tonight. Two teams on the playoff bubble that cant score, and have outstanding goaltending. Which top 6 will emerge victoriously?