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Dreger: Ducks in a precarious spot, Boudreau included

10/30/2015 at 1:31pm EDT

From TSN's Darren Dreger...

The Anaheim Ducks will have to win 52 of their remaining 72 regular-season games to come close to the 109 points and central division title won last season. With every loss, Anaheim, a team favoured by many to win the Stanley Cup, is inching closer to being a non-playoff team.

Unbelievable.

...

Bruce Boudreau will require treatment in a local burn unit based on his media placement on a hot seat that has reached lava-like temperature. The question now is will Boudreau be behind the bench for the Ducks next home game on Sunday?

General manager Bob Murray may have more slack left in the rope, or may opt to make a trade to shake things up. However, a trade can't guarantee success and it makes little sense to trade Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm, young defencemen teams are interested in, unless Anaheim is getting quality young assets back. It’s too early for a transaction like that to materialize.

Bad luck, mistakes, an offence that has dried up with just 10 goals in 10 games and, subsequently, an eroding confidence are among the factors contributing to the Ducks’ demise.

If Boudreau makes it through the weekend he will have to steer Anaheim to a lengthy winning streak to get back in the hunt and away from the crosshairs that target him as the NHL's next coaching casualty.

Continued with discussion of Travis Green's readiness to coach at the NHL level, William Nylander's development with the Toronto Marlies and a note about the gentleman who swiped a puck from a young Pittsburgh Penguins fan last night.

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