As playoff talk picked up toward the end of last season, neither the Anaheim Ducks nor the Columbus Blue Jackets were involved in any such discussions.
With 2013 brings a much different vibe.
Anaheim looks to build off a big victory in its quest for the Western Conference's top seed Sunday night as its road trip continues versus a Columbus team very much in the postseason hunt.
The Ducks finished 15 points out of a playoff spot last season and returned many of the same players in 2013 from that disappointing campaign.
Anaheim (23-7-4) has been much better in its first full season under coach Bruce Boudreau, though, sitting three points behind Chicago for the West lead after sweeping the three-game season series with the Blackhawks with Friday's 2-1 victory.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak as the Ducks made their second stop on a four-game road trip.
"That's the way we have to play," said Corey Perry, whose goal gave him four points in the last four games.
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