The Ducks went into Monday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Honda Center with a less-than-stellar 8-11-5 record. They were in fifth place in the Pacific Division, six points out of a playoff spot and eight behind the first-place Kings. They also had the 29th-best offense in the 30-team NHL with only 46 goals.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler isn’t worried, however.
“If we keep playing like we are we’re going to get into the playoffs,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time. This team is too good not to be in the playoffs. We had a bad start. We played deep into the playoffs last year and, to be honest, maybe some guys weren’t ready to start the season. We’ve found our game and it’s coming. There’s still a lot of hockey left to play and we’re ready for the challenge.
“Anything that could go wrong went wrong at the beginning of the year. Guys were hitting posts and missing open nets. It’s happens. It’s the law of averages, though. It’s going to even out. We’re going to break out. … I’m too old to worry anymore. Nothing really worries me. We’re going to have fun. We’re going to enjoy this challenge and we’re going to make the playoffs.”