The Anaheim Ducks are winless of their previous 11 video games, shedding to the Winnipeg Jets in time beyond regulation on Sunday. In concept, coach Randy Carlyle’s seat could not be hotter. However his common supervisor stated Carlyle’s job is safe — for now.
“Whereas it is not my choice to make feedback on this matter in the course of the season, our current play has led to many questions. Our followers are annoyed, rightfully so, and deserve a response from me,” Anaheim GM Bob Murray stated in a press release Sunday after the Ducks’ Four-Three time beyond regulation defeat at Winnipeg.
“Right now, I’m not contemplating a training change. I’m extra centered on our gamers, particularly with who’s going to step up on this scenario. The way in which we performed tonight was a step in the best route, however we’d like a lot, rather more. We’ve got increased expectations for this group, and they need to anticipate extra from themselves.”
The Ducks (19-18-9, 47 factors) have not won since Dec. 17, having gone Zero-7-Four since then. They have been outscored 40-19 throughout that stretch. When the streak started, Anaheim was third within the Pacific Division, simply three factors out of first place. Now, the Ducks are in a three-way tie in factors with Minnesota and Vancouver for the ultimate wild-card spot, and are 15 factors out of the highest spot of the division.
Anaheim has been hanging by a thread for a lot of the season. It is the second-worst offensive crew within the league at 2.37 objectives per sport and fourth-worst in shot-attempt proportion at even power (47.32 Corsi proportion). The Ducks have a minus-28 objective differential, third-worst within the convention. Goalie John Gibson had nearly single-handedly stored them in competition, with a .920 save proportion in 38 video games and 14.05 objectives saved above common.
These deficiencies and their present shedding streak would appear to spell the tip for Carlyle, who’s within the closing yr of his contract. He was requested about his standing after the Ducks’ loss to Pittsburgh on Friday evening. Mentioned Carlyle, to the reporter, earlier than storming away: “What do you imply? What are you attempting to say? … Do not ask the dumb query.”
Murray’s backing of Carlyle comes as Anaheim faces a stretch the place 13 of its subsequent 17 video games are on the highway. The Ducks are 9-11-Three away from house.