Against all odds, the Anaheim Ducks are winless in seven consecutive games and 16 of their last 18. Their 5-2 loss to Toronto was just the latest indignity.
Coach Randy Carlyle has tried everything to motivate this group, which features core group of proven veterans. He has tried to ease the pressure on struggling captain Ryan Getzlaf, urging him to focus on his own game rather the bear the responsibility for the team's failure.
Carlyle has moved his parts around, looking for a spark. Nothing has worked.
How could the once-Mighty Ducks fall apart so quickly and completely?
“It's very obvious that we're not playing the way we have to as a team. We're not executing,” center Saku Koivu told the Los Angeles Times.
“There's no mental toughness right now,” added winger Teemu Selanne. “There's been a lot of talking. A lot of meetings. There's really no answer. It seems to me that nothing works. When things go bad they really go bad.
“You try to stay positive and find some bright sides, but I don't really see any bright sides. It's unbelievable. I have no answers.”
Neither does Carlyle, which doesn’t bode well for his future. Ducks GM Bob Murray is not an impetuous man. He has pledged support for his coach.
But this team has dug a deep hole. The Western Conference is starting to sort itself out – and the Ducks are sinking toward the bottom.
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