The roadtrip began with so much promise.
After a thrilling, hard-fought 3-2 shootout loss in Chicago on October 25 that was followed by a textbook road performance in a 3-2 win at Minnesota two nights later, the Anaheim Ducks appeared on the precipice of breaking out of some early season inconsistencies with a unifying business trip through the Central and Eastern time zones.
Five losses later, they returned to Honda Center having set their clocks back by an hour and their offense back to training camp.
Having averaged just 1.6 goals per game through their seven-game trip, there wasn't anything to find solace in after a 5-0 loss to Detroit in a performance that Head Coach Randy Carlyle deemed "by far our worst game of the year."
"We were just doing nothing," Carlyle told Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. "It was like we were standing still and they were skating. They had their skates on and we were in street shoes."
There were several low-points in their 1-3-3 trip i...