It is down to the final few games of the regular season for the Anaheim Ducks and while Anaheim tries to finish off clinching a playoff spot, the team has had some trouble scoring lately. It looks like the lone consistent option is Ryan Getzlaf at this point of the season. Getzlaf has 44 points in 39 games for the team this year, including six points over his last five contests.
The Ducks are going to need Getzlaf to keep scoring if they want to have a chance in the playoffs. The reason for that is because Anaheim is proving to be a very inconsistent team in regards to putting the puck in the net. There could be nights where they score four or five goals and the next night, it is one or two. It is those kinds of problems that can doom any team’s chances of doing anything productive.
You would think Getzlaf may take it a bit easier now that he has a huge contract in hand, but it is obvious that he isn’t. That can only be viewed as a positive for the Ducks, who look destined to be the second seed in the Western Conference when the playoffs begin. Anaheim has lost two straight games and scored just one goal in each of those games.
There must be worry that scoring like that will continue in the playoffs. I’m sure that Getzlaf will get his teammates going again sooner than later and will use the final six games to get everyone on the right page for the postseason.