Are the Ducks turning it around?

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So, the Anaheim Ducks might have saved Bruce Boudreau’s job. At least for now.

Saturday’s slim 1-0 win against the San Jose Sharks gives the Ducks four straight wins, continuing a resounding start to the month of November. Just compare this stretch to the horrifying start of their season.

October: 1-7-2

November: 4-0-0

A few things stand out during the Ducks’ better days.

Most obviously, their goaltending has been absolutely fantastic. It says a lot that as great as Frederik Andersen has been, Anton Khudobin was the one who grabbed Saturday’s 31-save shutout.

It also says a lot that Corey Perry‘s first goal of the season came in the dying moments of Wednesday’s comeback win against the Florida Panthers. Perry’s swagger is back, and his teammate Ryan Getzlaf if back from surgery, so it doesn’t hurt to get the dynamic duo back together.

There are a lot of things that strongly argue against the Ducks getting too ahead of themselves. They can’t lean on their goalies this often, and their possession stats leave something to be desired.

Looking forward

Playing three of their first four games in November came at home. Saturday’s contest was in San Jose. Going forward, there’s three straight home games.

That’s a great opportunity to stack up points, right? Best-case scenario, they could win all three and even their current 4-7-2 record.

Things get rougher in mid-November, and that’s the real message.

The Ducks are showing signs of turning things around, but they’re far removed from other bumps in the road.