If ever there was a team that needed to get away from hockey for a few days, it’s the Ducks.
Another road trip ended with potential points tossed aside and the last-place team in the Pacific Division cannot afford to keep letting days on the schedule go by without taking advantage of a weakened division. Wins by middling Vancouver and Calgary on Tuesday are only pushing them further away and if it keeps going like this, the Ducks will find making up lost ground insurmountable.
It was a car wreck of a game as two struggling teams spent much of the night mishandling passes and bumping into teammates as well as the opposition. The Ducks’ offense – once relentless and full of high-grade scoring chances – remains an uncoordinated mess on most shifts. A power play that’s under the watch of assistant coach Paul MacLean has now sunk to 27th in the NHL as four opportunities Tuesday generated no surge of momentum much less a goal.
The Boudreau Watch appears to be back on. Ducks GM Bob Murray has exhibited patience, putting it on his players to produce. And there is an upcoming road trip to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver that could be fruitful. However, it was last year when then-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello fired Peter DeBoer on the day after Christmas. Just saying.
-Eric Stephens of the OC Register on the Anaheim Ducks. You can read more abou their 3-2 OT loss to the New York Rangers.
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