Before the ‘ game-winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks, their power play had gone one for the last 34. In their last three power plays, the unit has emerged from the dead.
Adding on to the game-winning power play goal against the Canucks, the Ducks’ special teams exploded, scoring three power play goals and even adding on a shorthanded goal in the win against the Boston Bruins. The team has brought back a key element that will benefit them going forward, especially in the playoffs. Barring a huge collapse, the Ducks should be playing some spring and maybe even summer hockey in the future.
Before the explosion on special teams, this was one part of the team that has really struggled. Now, this Ducks team will be a force to be reckoned with, especially if they can feed off of this breakout performance. They have the goaltending, theoffense, and the defense. Special teams was the only minor thing that the Ducks were having trouble with during this season.
This Ducks team is full of streaks as they have now gone 20 straight home games without a regulation loss. Jonas Hiller became the first goaltender to win 12 straight starts in 16 years, moving his season record to 21-4-4, and their second eight-game winning streak at home. This is a remarkable team who is quietly becoming the best of the best in the NHL in the first half of the season.
At 32-8-5, this is one team that no one will want to face as the season gets closer to the Olympic Break.