A Change of Narrative
Anaheim have finished atop of their division in every full season under former coach Bruce Boudreau only to lose in Game 7s in the playoffs after having a chance to close the series in Game 6.
As Chicago Bulls Guard Ron Harper once said of the then NBA record for most regular season wins set in 1995-96: “72-10 don’t mean a thing without a ring.”
Regular season accomplishments does not mark the end of a journey. A championship does.
So in order to reverse this, it may be a better idea to make the playoffs without being the division winner. The Ducks could perform better when exceptions of succeeding in the play-offs is lowered and storylines of a favorite losing to an underdog is no more.