Score-Adjusted Fenwick (shot differential, adjusted for in-game score effects) -- has proven over, and over, and over to be one of the deadliest forecasters of future success/failure
What the analysis shows:
6) LA Kings? Still the best team in hockey. Chicago's going to be a worthy challenger to the throne this year, as will a couple of other legitimate Western Conference contenders. Playoffs should be fantastic.
Every single sort of analysis like this says the Ucks are going to falter, it's just a matter of when.
Watching the Ducks this season was like watching the Dodgers last season. I'm a big Dodgers fan, but I knew that they were operating on smoke and mirrors early on and it was doubtful they could sustain that level of winning. I'm really not impressed with the Ducks at all. With such a short season, they've piled up enough wins early that they'll likely get in the playoffs without issues. That being said, they don't instill any kind of fear in me. They have some top end talent, but not impressed with the rest of the team depth.