Ducks: Ducks coach says his team will win despite injury-depleted offense
The Anaheim Ducks will have to find a way to win without Ryan Getzlaf, who is on the physically unable to perform list with a lower-body injury.
“I think you guys are going to see some changes on defense, and some changes in the goaltending, and that’s going to be our focus,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday.
“There’s a couple of areas where we’re going to need to improve.
The first thing is obviously in our penalty killing, but there are a couple other areas as well.
We’re going through a transition period right now.
We know it’s going better and better.”
The Ducks have won six straight, and they are 5-2-1 since Boud, who led the Ducks to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016, took over.
They are now 6-4-2 since Bournemouth’s Kyle Palmieri took over as the team’s new head coach in October.
“It’s tough to say, but you just have to go through it and get through it,” Palmieri said.
“You’re going into it with a lot of expectations, but we’re not worried about the expectations.
We just have a bunch of things that need to go right for us to get a lot better.”
Ducks coach Bruce boudreau, left, talks to the media after practice on Tuesday.
Boudreau is on a six-game road trip with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers.
He is 2-5-1 against the NHL’s top two teams.
The Ducks, who are 7-1-1 at home this season, are coming off a 2-1 loss in overtime to the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
They also lost 5-1 to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
“Our guys, they’ve got to be better in that second period,” Palmier said.
“You can’t have too much pride when you have a losing streak and you’re down a goal or two.
We’ve got a lot to learn.
We need to learn how to be resilient in that way.”
Boudrey said he has not spoken to Palmieri about the situation.
Palmieri coached the Ducks from 2007 to 2009.
He had two seasons with Anaheim before joining the Flyers in 2013.
Palmieri’s job is now up after the Ducks acquired his contract from the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday in exchange for forward Andrew Cogliano.