In a perfect world the Anaheim Ducks would only be required to show up for the third period and begin their season in February.
Ever since their Stanley Cup season in 2006-07, the Ducks, like clockwork, have gotten off to slow starts. Their record through 17 games the past five seasons is a combined 36-38-11.
That includes a 6-8-3 start to this season, with only two victories in their past 12 games after Sunday's dud, a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at home.
Expectations were hardly grand for Anaheim this season, yet it has managed to become one of the early disappointments this season.
A team with Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne ranks dead last in scoring at two goals a game. The Ducks have given up the first goal nine times in 17 games and their third-ranked power play unit from last season is 23rd.
On Sunday they fell into a 3-0 hole against the 29th-worst scoring team in the league, and there weren't many answers given in ...