Ducks’ Kesler: ‘We’re going to make the playoffs’
Excerpt below from an article published on NHL.com
Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler remains confident his team will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“This team is too good not to be in the playoffs,” Kesler said. “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.”
The Ducks went into their game Monday against the Vancouver Canucks five points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card in the Western Conference. But they’re 7-4-3 so far in November after going 1-7-2 in October.
Getting some offense has helped. Kesler had one goal in his first 21 games but has two goals in his past three. However Corey Perry has two goals in his past seven and Ryan Getzlaf has one goal in 20 games this season. The Ducks enter the week 29th in scoring at 1.92 goals per game.
But Kesler remains confident things will turn around.
“I’m too old to worry anymore,” he said. “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.”
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
To be honest, I completely agree with Kesler’s comments. Many hockey experts, including myself, picked Anaheim as Stanley Cup favorites at the beginning of the year. If you ask me, the team’s slow start in October was among the biggest early-season surprises. However, the team’s November record is a positive sign. It is absolutely shocking to me that a franchise with so much firepower is ranked 29th in the NHL in goals per game. Perhaps Kesler’s bold statement will inspire some of his teammates.
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