ANAHEIM, Calif. --
Anaheim's locker room was quite sullen and silent after Saturday's loss to the rival Kings, the Ducks' third loss in four games.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf
said afterward that they still believe, and coach Bruce Boudreau
says it can still be done.
"I've looked at every team's schedule many times over and if we do what we're supposed to do -- there's still 98 points on the boards if we win them all -- I don't think it's going to take 98 points to make the playoffs but we're still eligible to play," Boudreau said.
So what will it take to make it?
"Not 98," he said.
Brookbank finds his role: Sheldon Brookbank
has quietly put together a statement season in that he has become a regular on the back end of the defense.
Brookbank is two games shy of his career-high 66 games played. He's had three goals in nine games after he went 167 games without scoring.
After spending six years in the minors, he's become a regular.
"You don't have to play thinking that if you make a mistake, you're sitting in the press box, you know?" Brookbank said. "You can't make a bunch of mistakes, but they give you a little bit of rope."
Brookbank has beaten Martin Brodeur
, Ray Emery
and Jonathan Quick
for his career-high three goals.
"The pucks are going in right now," he said. "I'll take every one I can get."
Special teams struggle:
Anaheim has allowed seven power play goals in the last seven games, and Boudreau sees a pattern he would like discontinued against Edmonton's top-ranked power play.
"They're always at the end of the penalty kill," Boudreau said. "We're killing off a minute and 40 seconds and then we make a mistake and then it seems to be in our net. That's something we have to fix. We've sort of figured out a few things and hopefully we apply them tonight. The League's best power play is not the ideal situation coming in, but if you're going to get any confidence from doing something well you might as well start against the best."
Boudreau ripped the officiating after Saturday night's game but said he wasn't fined by the League.