NHL’s Californication: Can All 3 California Teams Make the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

January 31st, 2011 by Stephen Dupej Leave a reply »
It's the day following the NHL All-Star game and there is no better time to put playoff thoughts into perspective. Playoff dreams seem to be in reach of all three California teams, the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings.

But if you didn't know, since the Anaheim Ducks first entered the league in 1993, all three teams from the Golden State have never made the playoffs in the same season.

As we close in on the final quarter of the 2010-11 NHL season, there is a strong possibility that all three teams change that.

Here's a brief review of each teams season and a brief look into the crystal ball of what each teams future may hold:


Anaheim Ducks (5th Western Conference)

Season so far—Though most of the experts predicted that Anaheim would be absent from the postseason this year, the Ducks are have scratched their way to fifth place in the West. They are only five points behind Dallas for the lead in the Pacific Division.

They also have the most wins in their conferences division (8). 

In an article I wrote about the Ducks selecting defens ...

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