(CHICAGO) -- Next stop, Anaheim.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks will meet in the postseason for the first time when the two teams square off in the Western Conference Finals. A start date for the series has not yet been determined.
"It's been a waiting game but finally to know, we can focus on the opponent and start getting ready for the challenge," said Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad.
The the top-seeded Ducks finished off the Calgary Flames in five games of the Western Conference Second Round after a 3-2 overtime win Sunday night.
The Blackhawks have had ample rest since their four-game sweep of the Minnesota Wild last Thursday. The earliest the Hawks and Ducks can play is this Thursday.
"We want to play right now, [the Ducks] want a little rest, that's the way it is," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville with a smirk on his face. "They had a big break when they exited their first round and we got a little break now so it will all be determined in how it plays out."
The Blackhawks will play in their fifth conference finals in the last seven years. The Ducks had not reached the conference finals since 2007 when they went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Chicago won two of the three regular season meetings, including both games at the Honda Center in Anaheim by 4-1 scores.
"We have good feelings against them but you don't want to fall into any complacency and feel like because things have gone well they will automatically go well," said Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. "We are going to have to battle hard and remember what it felt like to battle hard in the last series and be successful."