The Anaheim Ducks have quietly had a pretty impressive couple of weeks. After starting out the season just 1-4-0, the Ducks have won six straight beating some pretty good teams in the process.
The Anaheim Ducks did something no other team was able to do.
On Sunday night the Anaheim Ducks managed to hand the Vegas Golden Knights their first regulation loss of the season. Vegas went to Anaheim 11-0-1, and left without a point for the first time all season.
For the Golden Knights, it was a night to forget, a one off defeat that probably won’t impact them too much. For the Ducks, it was yet another game where they proved they can be a competitive team now.
The Ducks have won six straight games beating the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes and Vegas. There are some pretty tough opponents included in that bunch like Vegas, Boston and Arizona to name a few.
The Ducks currently sit in fourth place in the Pacific division ahead of Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton and San Jose. After watching the Ducks win six straight I think there is little doubt they could finish the season ahead of those four teams.
The Ducks six game win streak is already better than last season’s longest streak. Last year the best the Ducks could do was put together three straight wins, the team also had the worst record in the NHL. While they won’t jump all the way to being a contender this year, I do think they can finish in the middle of the pack within the Pacific.
The Ducks proved on Sunday that they are capable of anything. Entering the third period down by two against Vegas did not stop them from rallying. So many of the Ducks top players have been playing great. Frank Vatrano has nine goals. Mason McTavish has registered 13 points and troy Terry has ten points.
All the Ducks need to do now is getting Trevor Zegras going offensively. Zegras has just two points through the first 11 games on the season and if they can get another offensive star going they will be that much more dangerous offensively.
The Ducks next matchup is on Tuesday night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anaheim has already beaten the Penguins once this season with a win on the road, so it will be interesting to see how the series turns out west.