The Anaheim Ducks went 4-1-0 in their first five games of the season and since then they’ve gone 2-8-4. It seems as though the only storyline surrounding the team is “What’s Wrong With the Ducks?” Try as they might, it appears as though neither the players nor coaches can figure out why the Ducks can’t put a string of wins together, let alone some consistent offensive numbers. It seems as though the Ducks are constantly outshot, outscored and outnumbered.
The Ducks have only racked up a total of 39 goals so far this season for an average of 1.95 goals per game. They’ve scored three or more goals in only a handful of games, but have also been blanked in multiple games so far this season as well. These numbers need to improve in order for the Ducks to better their chances at winning.
However, the Ducks have always struggled in the scoring department against their opponent for Sunday evening, the Detroit Red Wings. Since the Ducks inaugural season ’93-’94, the Ducks have gone 18-40-11 against the Wings and have been outscored 219-158, including a game in Detroit a couple of weeks ago that ended 5-0 in favor of Detroit.
The Red Wings struck first as Henrik Zetterberg netted the puck just eighty-six seconds into the game and the first period ended 1-0.
A mere fourteen seconds into the second period, Johan Franzen scored the Red Wings second goal of the night and a few minutes later Brad Stuart added a third, giving the Red Wings a 3-0 lead with more than half of the game remaining.
“It’s been a trait here that we’ve had to play catch up in all of the games,” Coach Randy Carlyle said “We’re receiving and we’re not on the aggressive side for whatever reason. I wish I had the answer to it cause we would be correcting it.”
At 11:24 in the second, Saku Koivu put the Ducks on the board after being set up by Cam Fowler and Andrew Cogliano and about five minutes later, Teemu Selanne added a power play goal, bringing the Ducks within one.
“I just try to help the team as much as I can,” uttered Cogliano, who came to the Ducks this past offseason from the Edmonton Oilers.
Despite having multiple power play opportunities towards the end of the third period, the Ducks were unable to complete the comeback. And to tie things off, with Jonas Hiller pulled from the net, Stuart was able to bank in an empty-netter off the boards and ensure the win for the Wings.
“It’s very frustrating,” Carlyle added about his team’s near comeback, “Almost a cruel side of sports.”
However, on the bright side for the Ducks, they were able to outshoot the 34-30, which suggests they saw their offensive opportunities, despite not being able to capitalize as much as they may have needed to.
The Ducks will face off against the Coyotes in Phoenix on Wednesday night.