Ducks on the cusp of sharing an undesirable NHL record

The worst run in Ducks’ team history wasn’t that long ago – they lost a franchise record 12 consecutive games during the 2018-19 season, snapping the streak with a win at Minnesota on Jan. 17.

That particular team stood 8-8-3 after 19 games and was 19-11-5 before the season went wildly off track in December and January.

Right now, a .500 record is more like a distant dream for the last-place Ducks (5-13-1), who have dropped six of their last seven games. They have 11 points after 19 games – no wins in regulation, one away from the league record (Arizona, in 2017) to start the season – and their power play and penalty kill are ranked last in the NHL.

Forward Jakob Silfverberg, second in tenure among the Ducks behind defenseman Cam Fowler, was on that 2018-19 team and can call on those experiences to help deal with the current predicament.

“(Coach) Dallas (Eakins) mentions it a lot – he always says you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror first,” Silfverberg said after Monday’s 3-1 loss in St. Louis. “Make sure your house is clean first. I feel like the biggest thing when you go through periods like this is you’ve got to make sure that everyone is on top of it. Especially on the bench.

“A quiet bench is not a good sign.”

That, at least, was a small step in the right direction after a 6-2 loss to the Blues on Saturday. The Ducks, who have won three times in overtime and twice in a shootout, next play the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Honda Center, the first of a three-game homestand.

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