Ducks counting on Hiller, Selanne to return to playoffs
The Pacific Division was arguably the most competitive in the entire NHL last season from top to bottom, but that's of little consolation to the Anaheim Ducks.
The top three teams -- Phoenix, San Jose and Los Angeles -- were separated by two points, with the Kings going on to best the Coyotes in the Western Conference Finals and then win the franchise's first Stanley Cup. Dallas finished fourth, out of the playoff mix, but stayed in the race until the final week of the regular season.
The Ducks? They endured a terrible first half of the season, replaced Randy Carlyle as coach with Bruce Boudreau, then went on a furious run to cut a 20-point deficit in the postseason race all the way down to four before fading late and finishing with a 34-36-12 record, last in the Pacific and 15 points shy of a playoff berth.