With the Anaheim Ducks 12-2-1 roll, good for 25 points, it’d be wise to also keep an eye on what the rest of the division is doing. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of your team winning, but what about those other guys? Let’s take a look.
2nd through 4th Place – 19 points
The Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, and Dallas Stars are all tied and knotted at 19 points each. Due to tie breakers, games in hand, and what have you.. the Phoenix Coyotes get 2nd place, Sharks in 3rd, and Stars in 4th. That leaves them 6 points behind the Ducks, but the Ducks have 2 games in hand on both the Coyotes and the Sharks, and 3 games in hand on the Dallas Stars. Nice cushion room if you will.
5th Place – 18 points
Hanging out in 5th place are the LA Kings, but only by a smidge. They have 18 points, a whole 1 point behind the other guys battling it out at 19. The Ducks have 1 game in hand on these guys. Their year started off slow.. but the Kings are currently on a 3 game win streak. Keep it in perspective, they’re beating teams that are out of playoff position. They have 1 win against a team that’s currently in a playoff spot. Needless to say a win is still a win, and they’re sitting in 10th place in the conference, only 2 back of a playoff spot.
What Does This All Mean?
Basically, keep an eye on the division rivals. They’re behind us, but not by much. The Ducks need to keep doing what they’ve been doing and they’ll obviously be fine. A look at the upcoming schedule shows it won’t be an easy task. After this 6 day break the Ducks from now on have to play every other day (and sometimes more than that, with back to back games). The most rest they will get from here on out is 1 day. 1 day off at maximum until their season is over completely (because in the playoffs, they also generally play every other day). That makes me tired just looking at it, I can’t imagine how they will be feeling.