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Ducks Sinking Beneath the Pond

When you are a team that is winless in their last 11 games, you would think that said team would be way down in the standings.

This is not the case for the Anaheim Ducks. As of this writing the team is 0-7-4 in their last 11 games and yet, still find themselves just one point out of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The team has not won a game since December 17 and due to their current skid, the team is now 19-18-9 on the season and are currently 19th in the NHL. Believe it or not, as of this writing, the Arizona Coyotes are just four points behind them despite all the injuries their club has had to deal with this season.

Believe it or not, back on December 17th when their awful play began, the team was just three points out of first place in the Pacific Division. Those days seem long gone as the team looks clueless right now.

The Ducks’ main issue has been putting the puck in the net. During this awful stretch, the team has been outscored 40-19, which is a big problem when you play in the high-scoring Western Conference.

As of this writing the team is 30th in the league in goals scored with 109 goals in 46 games. If you’re doing the math at home, that means they are averaging 2.37 goals-for per game, which is not good.

The leading scorer on this club has just 31 points, which is pretty bad for a team that is used to producing and putting the puck in the net. Ryan Getzlaf is the guy who currently leads the team with 31 points (10 goals and 21 assists), but other than him, no one else is really producing.

Players like Adam Henrique (25 points), Rickard Rakell (22 points), Ondrej Kase (20 points), and Jakob Silfverberg (19 points) are not producing consistently enough to have any kind of positive impact on the offense. This needs to change because if it does not, it could end up hurting them come April.

The team’s lack of offense is hurting their power play in a big way. The club is currently 29th in the league with the man advantage as they have converted only 14 percent of their power play opportunities.

When you are not scoring at even strength, you need to be able to do so when given a chance to do so. The Ducks have not been able to do that and again, this is something else that needs to change or else it is going to negatively impact them come April.

It also does not help that Corey Perry has missed the entire season. When healthy, he can put up solid numbers when it comes to scoring so that is a big weapon that the team has missed all year long.

Despite the club’s poor play, Ducks’ General Manager Bob Murray says he is not considering a coaching change. This is surprising to me because under Randy Carlyle, this team has yet to really change their style of play and in my eyes at least, this is another problem this team has.

The Ducks have won a ton of hockey games over the last few seasons. With that said, to have success moving forward, they need to play the way today’s NHL calls for and make sure that they play with more speed, skill, and rely on the younger players to contribute more.

There is still time for this team to turn things around, but if they don’t do so in a hurry, it is going to be a problem when it comes to them making the playoffs.


Photo: 
The Associated Press

 

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