The Anaheim Ducks would likely be the story of the NHL if it wasn’t for the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim started the season 22-3-4 and after beating Chicago a week ago at home, the Ducks have lost three straight. It’s not like the team is being beat 1-0 either, as two games have seen the Ducks give up five goals.
I know this is a temporary bump in the road for the team, but it is still one that could be very troubling.
The Ducks have also struggled with their power play in the last two weeks as well, with just one goal in their last 18 power play chances. It is going to be those types of things that will lead Anaheim to either a Stanley Cup run or an early exit in the playoffs. I’m not suggesting that the Ducks won’t make a long run in the Western Conference, but that power play needs to improve quickly with just over a month to go in the regular season.
Anaheim has lost all three of those games at home as well and now must hit the road for the next four games going into April. The Ducks appear to be solidly in the No. 2 slot right now for the playoffs with Chicago ahead of them, and those two teams are on a collision course to see each other in the conference finals.
That isn’t going to happen if the Ducks don’t get out of their current slump, though. I think a lot of their effort was taken up in the win over Chicago and now the team needs to get their heads back on straight.