Watching the Kings lose last night, you might think to yourself, 'hmm, the Ducks can tie for 1st place with a win over the Stars tonight.' It's a hollow distinction considering the Kings would have four games in hand on the Ducks, the same four games in hand that 13th place Dallas holds on Anaheim while sitting 4 wins back of the 4th place Ducks. Still, as opportunities to feel good about yourself go, it . . . is one.
For now, the Ducks are playing .579 hockey as far as point percentages, and that's good for 7th best in the West. Points in seven straight have a lot to do with that, and something better than .500 hockey will be needed to maintain it. The fear is, of course, a repeat of last year, where the team found some success but ultimately needed another pep talk, another trade threat or just the pangs of another losing streak to set in before they got back to the business of winning games.
The next two travel-intensive days will say a lot about how far this Ducks team has come since its opening
losing streak road trip. The second of their back to backs takes them from Dallas, inexplicably, back to the midwest for starts less than 24 hours apart. That percentage could take a hit, but personally, I've always thought a Randy Carlyle team lives and dies by its OSB%. The Ducks are .571 right now, and if they can keep that number healthy, they shouldn't fall too far as the rest of the teams in the Pacific Division catch up in games played.