Anaheim Ducks: Can Playoff Dreams Still Take Flight?

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 7: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 7, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Ducks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 7: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 7, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Ducks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 12: The Calgary Flames line up during the United States national anthem prior to a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on February 12, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Predictions, Predictions

So, in closing, I gave the blueprint as to what the Ducks must do in order to give themselves a chance to make the playoffs. The question now is, will they make the final cut? My gut says no, and that’s mainly because the teams that are in front of them are going to keep winning to keep themselves in the playoff race.

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The one saving grace that people are looking at is that four teams from the Central are fighting for the remaining two spots and they’ll be fighting against one another to make the cut and some teams will fall along the wayside.

To that point, I agree with that sentiment, particularly when you consider the divisional games that loom ahead for those four teams, that possibility of them having to play one another and eliminate one another is something that can be counted on.

Even still, those teams will win just enough games to push us out of the racetrack and we’ll be on the outside looking in. The lone way I can see the Ducks making the playoffs is they win at least twenty of the twenty-six games remaining, and I don’t see that in the slightest, so that knocks them out of contention just like that.

But, that doesn’t mean that this season will be a waste. If anything, they’ll spoil some teams’ chances to enhance their seeding and that could set up playoff matchups for other teams to deal with come mid-April. Meanwhile, that can give Bob Murray and co. time to make some moves to make the team younger, faster and fresher. That is something for all Anaheim Ducks fans to look forward to because even if we do make the playoffs, I don’t think they’ll make a run as they did in 03. But, maybe next year, with a team that is more suited to change life in the OC, and maybe hopes can rise again.

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