It’s been 24 games for the Anaheim Ducks, more than a quarter of the season, and still they’re having trouble winning.
Friday against Chicago, they surrendered two goals in the last two minutes of regulation and lost in overtime.
Currently, the Ducks sit five points out of a playoff spot with a record of 8-11-5.
Still, forward Ryan Kesler is confident they’ll find a way into the postseason.
“If we keep playing like we are, we’re going to get into the playoffs — this team is too good to not be in the playoffs,” Kesler told The Province ahead of tonight’s home game versus Vancouver.
“We had a bad start and, to be honest, some guys weren’t ready to start the season. There’s a lot of hockey to be played and we’re ready for the challenge.”
To match the 45-30-7 record the Flames squeaked into the playoffs with last year, the Ducks would need to go 37-19-2 over their next 58 games.
Depends who you ask.
Anaheim’s playoff chances will depend a lot on how Pacific Division teams like San Jose, Arizona, and Vancouver finish. The Ducks may need to leapfrog two of those three to get in.
Yes, there’s always the chance four teams from the Pacific qualify, because it’s not like Colorado, Winnipeg, and Minnesota don’t have their problems. Even Nashville you have to wonder about lately. Heck, even Chicago isn’t assured of anything yet.
Bottom line, though, the Ducks have dug themselves a hole, and it’s starting to look a lot like the one the Kings dug last year.
In the NHL, even good teams don’t always climb out.