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Friday, December 3, 2021

Ducks Analysis: What have we learned from the first 20 games of the season?

If the ancient NHL theory holds true that you are by Thanksgiving, then the Ducks are a playoff team. They rose Thursday morning to finish fourth in the Pacific Division, the top wild-card team in the Western Conference with a credible 10-7-3 record.

What has been great about the Ducks’ game this season came during a fascinating eight-game stretch in which they were unbeaten. Everything that has been bad about his game happened before and after his streak. After all they were 0-3-3 before that and now 0-3-0 after this.

So, what will we do with the Ducks after 20 games?

Well, for one thing, they’re a lot more fun to watch. He has abandoned the plodding, grinding style of play that has led him to the Western Conference Finals in 2014–15 and 2016-17 in favor of a more creative game that includes more quick passes and faster skating through the center of the ice. facility is available.

Mostly, though, they are a work in progress.

what has worked

In fact, it’s more like what worked well for the Ducks in the first quarter of the season, namely their top row of right wing Troy Terry, center Ryan Getzlaff and left wing Adam Heinrich. Terry, who has 22 points, Gretzlaff (19 points) and Heinrich (15 points) are the top scorers for the Ducks.

Terry had a 16-game scoring streak (12 goals, 10 assists) which moved him among the league leaders. Getzlaf (one goal, 18 assists) has been rejuvenated in his 17th season in the NHL, all with the Ducks. Henrik (six goals, nine assists) has made a clever comeback after a disastrous 2020-21.

Rookies Jamie Drysdale and Trevor Zegrass have seen their moments of joy and despair so far, but that’s to be expected. They have been handed the keys to the future of the organization and over time they are taking fewer wrongdoings, which makes the trainers happy.

Kevin Shattenkirk has found a key role in the third defense pairing of the Ducks, who led his defense with four goals and 14 points. Goaltender John Gibson, who was freed from his attacks last season, has been in excellent form with a 9-5-2 record above average and 2.53 goals.

Perhaps most important, the Ducks’ special teams, which were nothing in recent seasons, have been excellent. Their power play is the fourth best in the league with a success rate of 27.9 percent, a true weapon so far this season. His penalty kill is eighth at 85.7 percent.

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what wrong

The resignation of longtime general manager Bob Murray over alleged misbehavior with a team employee and his decision to seek treatment for alcohol abuse earlier this month darkened the organization. To their credit, the players haven’t let it affect their game.

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