It's a tough draw, but it also has the potential to get their Cup-or-bust mission off on the right track. Nothing like taking down a hated rival in the first round to help build momentum.
The Sharks will be counting on their depth to quell the Ducks. While Anaheim relies heavily on
The Ducks come into the series all loosey-goosey, blessed with Cup-winning experience and low expectations. They're not afraid to cede home ice to the Sharks after winning a franchise-record seven straight on the road to close the season. Nor are they intimidated by San Jose's second-ranked power play. Their own PP is on a bit of a tear, scoring 20 goals in their final 48 chances.
Their big question is goaltending.