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Ducks Gameday: Happy to be home, just not so soon

By in Press Enterprise on December 7, 2017

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM – An oddity in the schedule has the Ducks feeling a bit irritated as they face the Ottawa Senators at Honda Center on Wednesday night to start a three-game homestand.

The Ducks are happy to be home from a winding six-game road trip that begin in Los Angeles and circled through the midwest and south before ending in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Playing on the very next night and not getting a day off after a 12-day venture irked Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.

“It’s just a continuation,” Carlyle viewed. “The road trip isn’t over. We don’t get much rest. It’s the first road trip I’ve ever been on in my career that we play six in a row on the road and then come back and play at home off a back-to-back.

“That’s a new one. Schedule makers, I don’t know where they were when they decided this event.”

The Ducks (11-11-6) have won only one of their past eight but scratched out three extra points by taking games to shootouts, which they lost. Their record could be better had they closed out games better, such as a 4-3 defeat in Vegas where they allowed the tying goal with 4:22 left.

“Let’s be realistic,” Carlyle said. “We’re asking some young kids that have never been in this situation before to perform. This is a baptismal by fire. I’m not going to get too wired up about how we played in it and how we didn’t close it out or whatever.

“We got a point. We’re going to move on. It’s been a tough road trip. Played some good teams in some raucous buildings. We were down 2-0 and we found a way to steal a point.”

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