The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said that though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place teams demand for consistency.
Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars three-goal blitz in 53 seconds as the Ducks lost, 6-3.
Smith-Pelly has a goal and seven assists in 16 games.
We want them to play a little more, Boudreau said. They play good games and bad games and a good game, then a bad game.
We need them to play on a consistent basis. This league is too tough. We dont know if its going to be long-term or short-term, but the last time we sent Emerson down he came back a much better player and were thinking thats going to happen again.
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