Ducks Look to End Frustrating November on High Note

Anaheim will try to snap a seven-game skid tomorrow night vs. Montreal

Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 6:32 PM / News
X
Share with your Friends


Ducks Look to End Frustrating November on High Note
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


November has been a month the Ducks would soon like to forget, but the club will get one more day before the calendar flips to get things turned around.

“Believe, that is the word,” Selanne said. “You just have to look forward. You can’t do anything about the past. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves because nobody else does. We are going to turn this around and take off with good habits.”
The Ducks, who have one win in their 12 previous games this month, host the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night at Honda Center. After two good days of practices at its home rink, Anaheim is hoping it translates into the game and that positive momentum starts to build.

“Believe, that is the word,” said Teemu Selanne, who leads the team in assists (14) and points (22). “You just have to look forward. You can’t do anything about the past. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves because nobody else does. We are going to turn this around and take off with good habits.”

With the club’s struggles, naturally rumors of potential moves have been bandied about by speculators. But none of it seems to be affecting those inside the Ducks locker room, who have their sights simply set on playing a better 60 minutes of hockey together.

“Being a former player, I was traded a few times and the rumors were rampant when I was playing that there were going to do this or that,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. “You recognize that those types of situations develop when you don’t have success. That is part of the business. You have to understand that and then you move on.”

Snapping a current seven-game losing streak would definitely help ease a little bit of the tension. The club is even more frustrated because they feel they have the talent to be much better than their current record suggests.

“You never really thought it would get to that point with this group in here where we are searching for one win,” Cam Fowler said. “But unfortunately, that is the scenario we are in right now. We are going to fight and battle because need to get back on the right track here. That is just a little bit of momentum that can get us going in the right direction.”

Though a home win against the Canadiens would be very sweet at this point, but Carlyle cautioned that it would simply be a starting point for the Ducks. There is much work to be done in order to get the team playing well on a nightly basis.

“Winning alleviates and makes everybody feel a little bit better,” Carlyle said. “One win is not going to be enough. We don’t look at it as one win and it’s all over. We have a mountain to climb here. It doesn’t start until you build a foundation. What we’re trying to do is build a foundation that our hockey club is going to play to a higher level than it has and more consistent.”

While it has been a tough month to endure for the Ducks and wins have been at a premium, the last day of November could very well be the beginning of a much better outlook for the team. “It’s the players on the ice who are going to make the difference,” Selanne said. “It starts with everybody individually. You just have to make sure that you are going to do your job and be the best you can. You can’t ask more than that. Usually good things happen when you can do that.”

Said Fowler, “It’s just natural tendency is to press a little bit when you are in a slump like this. We all know what we are capable of if we play like we can. It is little plays that we are doing right now that are getting us in this funk. All of know our capabilities in here. We know that we can go out there and fix it. That is what we’re going to try to do tomorrow.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

AnaheimDucks.com is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and AnaheimDucks.com are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy     Contact Us    Jobs     Honda Center    Corporate Partnerships   Terms of Use   Site Map AdChoices