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by Paul on 12/05/11 at 12:43 PM ET
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Boudreau said he has studied the Ducks’ remaining schedule and concluded making the playoffs is a realistic goal.
“I’ve already gone through the (Ducks) schedule,” he said. “I’ll show them (his players) how we can do it, if you put the basis on 97 points needed for the playoffs. I told them, ‘You just have to believe it.’”
Not to be a killjoy, but would a closing surge similar to that Capitals team even be enough for the Ducks to pass all of the teams in front of them?
Granted, there are still 56 games left in the regular season, and the Ducks are known for their late-season runs. A year ago, for example, the Ducks were 11th in the Western Conference with 20 games left, went 15-5 down the stretch and wound up as the No. 4 seed.
But here’s the difference. The Ducks were never more than four points out of the final playoff spot last season, and that was on Nov. 3. After that, their largest deficit was three points out of playoff spot on March 2. But why let a little math problem spoil Boudreau’s fun?
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