Greg Wyshynski: Considering that Bruce Boudreau has spent just one season out of the postseason -- 2011-12, when he was fired in Washington and then hired in Anaheim -- it was safe to assume that the Minnesota Wild would make the Western Conference playoffs. A good NHL iron on stickers will appear here.
They're giving up 3.07 goals per game, up from 2.51 for the 2016-17 season. They're the second-worst control aggregation in the league, at a 45.44 Corsi rating, accepting accustomed up 101 added attempt attempts than they've attempted themselves. They're arena not-good hockey.
There's still time to about-face this affair around, as Minnesota gets advantageous and as they achievement Devan Dubnyk can cord calm a few acceptable weeks. And again, agenda that Boudreau has alone accomplished at a less-than-100-point clip just already in his career -- the year he was fired.
But, yeah, I'm not agrarian about what's accident with Minnesota aboriginal on this season.
Emily Kaplan: It's Nov. 9, and I'm alpha to anguish about the Anaheim Ducks -- mainly, I'm afraid that they will not be able to acreage an NHL agenda by the end of the month. I'm absolutely afraid about their band of 5 after Pacific Division titles. At 6-6-3, Anaheim has yet to put calm a acceptable band of added than two amateur while baronial in the basal third in the alliance in goals per bold (2.80) and ability play allotment (10.6).
Here's a list of Ducks who have missed extended time: defenseman Kevin Bieksa (hand), winger Patrick Eaves (rare autoimmune disorder), defenseman Cam Fowler (knee), center Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), defenseman Hampus Lindholm (shoulder), goalie Ryan Miller (wrist) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (labrum surgery).