Updated Oct. 8
Is it that dreaded Stanley Cup hangover or simply the effects of jet lag? Either way, the new season hasn't started well for the Anaheim Ducks, who have won only once in their first five games and haven't looked very good in the process.
|The Ducks and goalie Jonas Hiller haven't found the range yet. (AP)|
But Anaheim is a deep and talented team that had to overcome adversity en route to its title last season, an ability it hasn't yet demonstrated this season.
"We just have to play a better brand of hockey as a group," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
No kidding. While the Ducks rebounded in their second London game against Los Angeles after coming up flat in the opener, and then gave the Red Wings a spirited battle before losing a shootout in their North American launch, they let the lowly Blue Jackets walk all over them Friday and made too many mistakes to keep the high-powered Penguins from taking away a game the following night.
For now though, the good news is that San Jose, Anaheim's only serious Pacific Division rival, hasn't been much better. And at some point, the Ducks will get to ice the lineup they were counting on this season.
In the meantime however, they no longer hold the top spot in our rankings. Here's this week's list: