After the Ducks’ 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars last Wednesday, head coach Randy Carlyle promised changes ahead. The subsequent injury that forced center Ryan Carter to IR, as well as right wing Evgeny Artyukhin’s three-game suspension, forced the coach’s hand on a pair of lineup changes. Petteri Nokelainen has taken Carter’s spot in the three games since, and Matt Beleskey has filled in at right wing for Artyukhin.
None of it has resulted in a win, however, and the Dallas loss looked downright pretty in comparison to a 6-3 thrashing at the hands of winless Toronto on Monday. Are more changes in store?
The players seem to get that message. And although panic doesn’t seem to have set in, Monday’s starting goaltender, Jonas Hiller, seemed to express a sense of hopelessness.
“I don’t really see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Hiller said. “Once we feel like we’re going, boom, we take the next goal against and we’re back in the hole again. It’s tough right now. I wish I had a solution to get out, but hockey’s a game of confidence. (We have to) trust each other and I don’t think that’s what we do right now.
“Everybody thinks ‘I have to do everything,’ and everybody thinks the other guy does it, and nobody really takes the whole thing in his hand and carries us, carries the team.”