Carlyle to Lupul: Shoot more

Joffrey Lupul hasn’t scored a goal in his past four games, and Randy Carlyle proposed one possible fix on Monday, before the Ducks departed on a four-game road trip.

“I’d like to see Lupul shoot the puck more,” the coach said. “He’s a player who can scoot, get around the rink. He should be thinking ‘shoot first’ all the time.”

Lupul, who took a season-high six shots in the Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, said he’s already on it.

“I don’t get worried when I don’t score, unless I’m not getting the chances,” he said. “I’m getting them. I know they’re eventually going to start going in, and I hope it’s on this road trip.”

Lupul has been a fixture at left wing with center Saku Koivu and right wing Teemu Selanne since midway through the Ducks’ 7-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 30. That was the last time he scored a goal, and it was a strange one.

But Carlyle gave Lupul a vote of confidence on Monday, calling the 26-year-old “the best fit (on that line) so far.” While Koivu and Selanne seem to be finding their chemistry, Lupul says he has adjusted to the speed of his line.

“Teemu’s really fast,” he said. “Sometimes you have to make the plays quick and get him the puck as soon as possible. It’s nice to play with a guy like that because he seems to always have a knack for scoring goals.”

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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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