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By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
On Saturday night, the Detroit Red Wings extended their professional sports leading playoff streak of 22 consecutive appearances with a decisive 3-0 shutout of the Dallas Stars.
With that victory, Detroit finished the season on a four-game winning streak and clinched the seventh playoff position. The Red Wings were 5-2-3 in their final ten games. Detroit will visit the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. The Ducks lost their final regular season game and finished their final ten games 5-4-1.
The team statistics suggest a close match up. During the regular season, Detroit scored 124 goals while allowing 115, which was good enough to tie for second lowest scoring Western Conference playoff team and the second lowest goals against. On the other hand, Anaheim scored 140 goals versus 118 goals against. The Ducks are the second highest scoring Western Conference playoff team and tied for third in goals against.