Anaheim Ducks Have Quietly Climbed The NHL Standings Into Second Place

2/17/13 in NHL   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

 February 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsBlame the lockout, or LA’s hockey-free media for leaving this subject alone, but the Anaheim Ducks have quietly climbed their way into the top of the standings.
SoCal’s other team seems like they have been spurred on by older brother Kings winning the Stanley Cup Championship last season and are looking to get it back.
The Ducks are currently in second place in the NHL behind the Chicago Blackhawks, who the Ducks beat 3-2 in Chicago, during a shootout, last Tuesday. They will face them two more times in the second half of the season.
They are 11-2-1 overall, and 8-1-1 in the last 10 games, six of which were part of a very long road trip.
The Ducks also have a significant lead on the Pacific Division, with the San Jose Sharks being in second place with a 7-4-3 record.  Sadly, the reigning champion Kings are at the bottom of the division, and 24th in the league with a 5-5-2 record.
Still left in the first half of the season are games against the Blue Jackets, Avalanche, Kings, Predators, Wild, three games in a row against the Coyotes, the Flames and Blues.
Out of these, the Blues, Predators and Wild are the only ones who sit higher in their Divisions, but none in the top two slots. The Ducks have already beaten all of these teams, though the wins against the Predators and Blues came in shootouts.
It will definitely be exciting to see how they fare the rest of the season, and at what point SoCal media will catch on to the fact that they may have a good chance at bringing a third Stanley Cup championship to the region.
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2/18/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I thought they would improve...  But hard to believe they can keep this pace up for the full 48 games + playoffs.