It’s been an absolute nightmare start for the Anaheim Ducks, who after two consecutive 50-win seasons and an appearance in last season’s Western Conference Final have had one of the worst starts of any team for the 2015-16 season.
The Ducks offense has given the team virtually nothing to work with. Ranking 30th in the NHL in scoring (1.0 goals per game), the Ducks dropped their first four games of the season and scored one goal in the process. After “exploding” for four goals in their first win of the season over the Minnesota Wild, the Ducks began a five-game road trip that finalizes tonight against the St. Louis Blues. The Ducks have lost four of those five games, losing 5-1 to Nashville, 3-0 to Minnesota, 1-0 to Chicago in overtime and 4-3 to Dallas.
To pile it on, Ryan Getzlaf is expected to miss the next four-to-12 days as he had to get his appendix removed. One of the perceived Western Conference contenders before the season started as already accrued two four-game losing streaks in nine games.
The offensive woes of the team are hard to explain, as the Ducks are the only team in the NHL that are in the single-digits in terms of goals scored (9), seven behind the next worse scoring team. The team will look to turn it around after traveling home from tonight’s aforementioned contest against St. Louis.
According to TiqIQ.com, Ducks tickets on the secondary market on at reasonable prices during their slide. After tonight’s game against the Blues, the Ducks have three straight home games at the Honda Center:
11/1/2015 | Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators | Honda Center | Average Price: $56.16 | Get-in Price: $12
11/4/2015 | Anaheim Ducks vs. Florida Panthers | Honda Center | Average Price: $48 | Get-in Price: $8
11/6/2015 | Anaheim Ducks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets | Honda Center | Average Price: $63.42 | Get-in Price: $11
With the team struggling, perhaps improved play at home can inject life into the season. Hipmunk.com has Anaheim flights to attend any of the three home games to kick off November. In addition to flights, Anaheim hotels on Hipmunk start from $69 to complete the hockey trip.
Fans, naturally, are calling for the firing of Bruce Boudreau who has been with the team since the 2011-12 season. After finishing in first in the Pacific division the past three seasons, one would have to imagine the problems go way deeper than their playoff-caliber head man, but no can seem to put a finger on it.
Photo Credit: Alex Gallardo, The Associated Press