By Pete Zarustica/Garden Grove Journal/with wire service reports
If you’re a fan of the Anaheim Ducks, what do you have to be thankful for this season?
Well, you can be thankful that the Ducks finally pulled out of their slump and despite a five-game losing streak, are a respectable 10-10-3.
And you can also be thankful that the schedule gives everyone a break from that same losing string, peppered as it was with close and heart-rending losses.
After Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center, the Ducks are on a holiday break until Friday, when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. On Saturday it’s off to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes; on Monday the Ducks are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings.
They’ll then host the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.
In their last two losses, the Ducks have fired 90 shots at the opposing nets and scored five goals.
“It doesn’t really matter how many shots you get on net,” said Anaheim defenseman Andy Sutton. “We have to focus on getting better traffic, some screens in front and maybe some better shots, too.”
The Ducks won six in a row Oct. 30 to Nov. 12, then streaked hotly in the other direction. Losing five straight starting on Nov. 14.
Anaheim’s 23 points puts the Ducks in third place in the National Hockey League’s Pacific Division, and in ninth place in the Western Conference. The top eight teams in each conference advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs.