Forget the Ducks’ first 13 games. Just forget ’em.

That’s probably the message behind this 2-day break the team is taking from the ice.

They haven’t looked like the same team that won the Stanley Cup and, let’s face it, whether because of injury or retirements they haven’t had the same nucleus of guys on the ice.
The good news: They won’t have the same personnel that began this season 4-7-2 when they take the ice against Columbus on Thursday. Expect Ryan Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer, maybe Mathieu Schneider and (probably not, but still maybe) Todd Bertuzzi to be playing again.
If ever there were a team that needs a break, it’s this one. No one will admit to being fatigued this early in the season, but you have to wonder how much of the poor start was due to opening the season in London. On the flip side, the Kings (!) are in first place. Make of it what you will.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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