November has been a month the Ducks would soon like to forget, but the club will get one more day before the calendar flips to get things turned around.
|“Believe, that is the word,” Selanne said. “You just have to look forward. You can’t do anything about the past. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves because nobody else does. We are going to turn this around and take off with good habits.” |
The Ducks, who have one win in their 12 previous games this month, host the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night at Honda Center. After two good days of practices at its home rink, Anaheim is hoping it translates into the game and that positive momentum starts to build.
“Believe, that is the word,” said Teemu Selanne
, who leads the team in assists (14) and points (22). “You just have to look forward. You can’t do anything about the past. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves because nobody else does. We are going to turn this around and take off with good habits.”
With the club’s struggles, naturally rumors of potential moves have been bandied about by speculators. But none of it seems to be affecting those inside the Ducks locker room, who have their sights simply set on playing a better 60 minutes of hockey together.
“Being a former player, I was traded a few times and the rumors were rampant when I was playing that there were going to do this or that,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. “You recognize that those types of situations develop when you don’t have success. That is part of the business. You have to understand that and then you move on.”
Snapping a current seven-game losing streak would definitely help ease a little bit of the tension. The club is even more frustrated because they feel they have the talent to be much better than their current record suggests.
“You never really thought it would get to that point with this group in here where we are searching for one win,” Cam Fowler
said. “But unfortunately, that is the scenario we are in right now. We are going to fight and battle because need to get back on the right track here. That is just a little bit of momentum that can get us going in the right direction.”
Though a home win against the Canadiens would be very sweet at this point, but Carlyle cautioned that it would simply be a starting point for the Ducks. There is much work to be done in order to get the team playing well on a nightly basis.
“Winning alleviates and makes everybody feel a little bit better,” Carlyle said. “One win is not going to be enough. We don’t look at it as one win and it’s all over. We have a mountain to climb here. It doesn’t start until you build a foundation. What we’re trying to do is build a foundation that our hockey club is going to play to a higher level than it has and more consistent.”
While it has been a tough month to endure for the Ducks and wins have been at a premium, the last day of November could very well be the beginning of a much better outlook for the team. “It’s the players on the ice who are going to make the difference,” Selanne said. “It starts with everybody individually. You just have to make sure that you are going to do your job and be the best you can. You can’t ask more than that. Usually good things happen when you can do that.”
Said Fowler, “It’s just natural tendency is to press a little bit when you are in a slump like this. We all know what we are capable of if we play like we can. It is little plays that we are doing right now that are getting us in this funk. All of know our capabilities in here. We know that we can go out there and fix it. That is what we’re going to try to do tomorrow.”