Jury still out on meetings.

Sunday’s one-on-one player meetings between Randy Carlyle and the Ducks players weren’t prompted by a look at the standings. At least, not the won-loss column; Carlyle has held the meetings every year around the 20-game mark regardless of how many have tilted in the Ducks’ favor.

This year, the Ducks have won just 6 of 19 games (6-10-3) and like just about everything else Carlyle has tried, the meetings had little immediate impact.

“Probably not,” said Joffrey Lupul. “We came out and played probably our worst game of the year. But it was good to hear feedback from the coach and I’m sure he likes feedback from us. But at the end of the day, it’s about the results. And it’s definitely not the result we were looking for (Monday) night.

“We’ve had lots of meetings,” captain Scott Niedermayer added. “So far they haven’t been productive, but you have to try and get on the same page, and get the approach that’s going to work for this team to get out there and play well.”

So what did the coach gain?

“One-on-one meetings give you an opportunity to get feedback from players, and for you to give your feedback in a full one-on-one environment,” Carlyle said.

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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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