The Anaheim Ducks were able to secure a playoff berth this week despite losing two straight games, but their recent lack of offensive production is a big cause for concern heading into the season’s final six games. Luckily, the Ducks don’t play again until Wednesday, so they have some time to look at what isn’t working and take steps to fix it.
The Ducks managed just one goal in a loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, while going 0-for-3 on the power play. Teemu Selanne got the lone goal, and goaltender Jonas Hiller getting the hook after allowing four goals while facing only 16 shots. The Ducks also scored just one goal in a loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, and once again came up empty on the power play. They also were unable to convert with the man-advantage in a win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, even though they had five power play chances. Addressing the special teams situation is a great starting point when the team starts to look at why they aren’t scoring goals, as their three-game 0-for-9 performance has been far from impressive.
Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been steady but the Ducks desperately need a bigger contribution from Bobby Ryan. The young winger hasn’t found the back of the net in the last six games, and only has one goal in the Ducks’ last 13 outings. The depth scoring that carried the Ducks for most of the season has also tapered off, with Kyle Palmieri and Daniel Winnik not having nearly the same impact they did for the team a month ago.
The Ducks are still hanging on to the second spot in the Western Conference by seven points, and they should be able to retain that spot with three or four more wins. If they hope to make a deep playoff run, they need to start scoring again.