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The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks have already experienced lengthy losing streaks this season. The Ducks seem to have pulled out of their spiral Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , while the Blackhawks have not.Anaheim will try to win its fifth straight game when it hosts Chicago on Wednesday night at Honda Center. The Blackhawks will be trying to avoid losing five in a row.The Ducks (14-10-5) lost seven straight from Oct. 20 to Nov. 1, including a 3-1 defeat in Chicago on Oct. 23.Article continues below ...They began to gather themselves during a 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 16, going 6-1-2 since.Anaheim enters Wednesday in second place in the Pacific Division after twice leapfrogging the Calgary Flames into first in the past week. The Flames moved back into first with a 3-2 win in Chicago on Sunday.The Blackhawks (9-14-5) were 6-2-2 when they slipped into an eight-game losing streak from Oct. 27 to Nov. 12. Chicago fired longtime coach Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6, but have gone just 3-8-2 under Jeremy Colliton.“It’s not for lack of effort,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews told the Chicago Tribune after the latest loss. “It’s one of those things we’re stuck in right now, snowballing in the wrong direction. It’s tough. We have to keep working. There’s nothing else we can do.”The Ducks continue to build roster depth as they string together points.They traded rookie defenseman Marcus Pettersson to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in exchange for forward Daniel Sprong, who’s expected to make his team debut against the Blackhawks.Sprong practiced on the same line as Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie on Tuesday.Pettersson became expendable with the addition of Jake Dotchin, who made his team debut on Nov. 23 after he was signed by the Ducks on Oct. 18. Dotchin was released by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sept. 15, reportedly because they were unhappy with his conditioning.Anaheim hasn’t played at home since a 2-1 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 23. Ducks forward Rickard Rakell scored with 17 seconds left in regulation to tie the score, and then scored 14 seconds into overtime for a 2-1 victory.After losing the opener a five-game road trip to the Nashville Predators, the Ducks defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1, and the following night knocked off the Florida Panthers 3-2.After scoring another late goal to tie the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, the Ducks won 2-1 in overtime.Those heroics paled in comparison to their latest victory.The Ducks trailed the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-1 late in the second period on Sunday afternoon before rallying for a 6-5 win. Anaheim became the first road team to come back from a four-goal deficit and win in nearly 20 years.Ducks coach Randy Carlyle isn’t ready to believe his team is out of the woods.“We’ve tried to remain steadfast in that we’re going to need to be more competitive,” he said. “We’re going to have to execute to a higher level and we’re going to have to be able to do that in parts of games.” ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks will have plenty of reasons to be proud of their yearlong resilience and late-season determination to make the playoffs after an incredible stretch of early-season injury woes.They’ll also have plenty of time to reflect on those achievements during an extra-long summer for a team that couldn’t put it together in the postseason.The Ducks began the process of breaking up for the offseason this weekend after the San Jose Sharks completed a four-game sweep of their first-round series.”There’s a numbness that’s kind of subsiding now http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-kyle-okposo-jersey ,” coach Randy Carlyle said. ”After the run and the season-long trials and tribulations that you go through, you get to the playoffs and win out and get second place in the division, and four games later, a week later, you’re out of it, which is really numbing.”Anaheim had made the Western Conference finals in two of the previous three seasons, and its six consecutive playoff berths constitute the second-longest active streak in the NHL. The Ducks finished with their fifth consecutive 100-point season – the league’s longest active streak – and went 10-1-1 with five straight victories to close the regular season, even surging into second place in the Pacific Division.But the Ducks’ streak of five straight Pacific titles ended, and then their season ended in embarrassing fashion.The Ducks made the playoffs for the 11th time in 13 seasons, but perhaps they simply ran out of steam. Their mad dash to reach the postseason was necessitated by the slow start caused by the club’s numerous injury problems during the first half. Their top two centers – Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf – missed huge chunks of early play, while goal-scoring forward Patrick Eaves never suited up all year because of Guillain-Barre syndrome.”The adversity that we faced this year was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, especially at the start of the year,” said top defenseman Cam Fowler, who missed the playoffs with a shoulder injury. ”We grinded it out, and to get to the 100-point mark was fantastic. But at the end of the day Rasmus Ristolainen Jersey , you have to make a name for yourself come playoff time, and unfortunately we didn’t do that this year.”Once the Ducks get over the hurt, they’ll evaluate the core of talent that remains in Anaheim after years of contention. General manager Bob Murray will have to decide whether that core is championship-caliber when healthy or whether it’s time to break up one of the NHL’s most consistent winners.Here are more things to know as the Ducks head into a long offseason:MORE SPEEDMurray is among the observers who think the Ducks simply don’t play fast enough to compete optimally in the modern NHL. The Ducks’ heavy, punishing style of play under Carlyle has won plenty of games over the past two years, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in a series with the Sharks, who aren’t even the fastest team around. Carlyle will be back next season to make the necessary changes, Murray confirmed. How much of the Ducks’ core returns will be up to Murray, who has built and rebuilt the franchise around Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who will both turn 33 next month.BEAUCH BYEDefenseman Francois Beauchemin says he is retiring after spending the past 13 seasons in the NHL, including three separate stints with Anaheim. His departure removes another link to the Ducks’ championship season, although Getzlaf, Perry and Carlyle are still around.BIEKSA NOT BACKVeteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa also indicated he is unlikely to return after three seasons. He was disappointed with his lack of playoff action after returning from hand surgery. The Ducks’ once-incredible depth on defense has been taxed in the past year with the expansion draft-related departures of Shea Theodore and Clayton Stoner and the trade of Sami Vatanen to New Jersey for Adam Henrique. Murray will need to reload the Ducks’ blue line, with prospects Jacob Larsson, Marcus Pettersson and Andy Welinski likely getting shots at a full-time job.EAVES RETURNThe season-long loss of Eaves was a huge setback, but the Ducks are optimistic their heavily bearded forward will return in the fall. Eaves also had recent shoulder surgery and will turn 34 next month Greg Pateryn Jersey Womens , but he has been the type of consistent goal scorer the Ducks lacked. He would also provide veteran leadership after the possible departures of Beauchemin, Bieksa, Antoine Vermette, Jason Chimera and others.OFFSEASON LISTSMost of the Ducks’ core is locked up through next season or beyond, including Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, leading scorer Rickard Rakell, Andrew Cogliano, Fowler and defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson. Anaheim has several key restricted free agents: Nick Ritchie, 20-goal scorer Ondrej Kase and defensemen Brandon Montour and Welinski.—
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