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Ducks Continue To Lose

from Jeff Miller of the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

At the end of the loss in Phoenix, both Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne receiving unsportsman-like-conduct penalties. Selanne, though, attempted to bring some perspective to things about 15 hours later.

“You know, nobody died,” he said. “We still have to realize how lucky we are. We have to use the passion and fun to (fix) this problem right now. There’s no other way. You can’t just cry and cry and cry. You just have to find a way to do this together.”

The Ducks have lost five in a row and have only two victories in their past 16 games. They are 14th in the Western Conference and already eight points out of the top eight….

– The Ducks have held several meetings during their slide. They’ve met in big groups, small groups, one-on-one. They’ve met with the coaches and among themselves.

The meetings continued Thursday, Carlyle gathering Getzlaf, Ryan and Corey Perry in the locker room following the workout.

The coach, however, knows the talking only goes so far.

“There’s been lots of talk,” Carlyle said. “There’s been lots of speeches, lots of meetings. I think it’s time for action. Collectively, I think that our group has to act out the reality of going out and competing to a higher level.”


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Hank1974's avatar

Maybe it’s because this team has absolutely no depth.
After the ‘Big 3’ nobody on this team can contribute beyond killing penalties.
You simply can’t win a majority of your games when you have one awesome line, and three AHL lines.

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/25/11 at 12:11 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The players can continue to meet until the rest of Getzlaf’s hair falls out and that’s not going to do a damn thing as long as they have a garbage coach behind their bench who leans too hard on his top guys and then doesn’t hold them accountable.

The Ducks have four certified top-six forwards (Perry, Getzlaf, Ryan, Selanne) and another four middle-sixers (Koivu, Hagman, Cogliano and Blake when he’s healthy). There’s no excuse for the team to play as shallow as they do. They continue to play like Hank describes. They have one incredibly dangerous line, a 2nd line that doesn’t match up favorably to a lot of other teams’ 2nd lines, and then a bunch of struggling kids trying desperately to make a difference while overmatched.

Randy Carlyle thinks that whining to the media about unfair treatment and players meetings are going to fix this instead of maybe trying to switch shit up a bit to make your team harder to match up against. 

If he still has a job at Christmas, I’d be surprised.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/25/11 at 02:11 PM ET

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