The National Hockey League’s Pacific Division has turned into a collection of haves and have-nots.
In the upper half, five teams are bunched together within four points, and all have at least 50 points. In the lower half, where the Anaheim Ducks currently dwell, all the teams are within three points, and all have more losses than wins.
The Ducks took another step in the wrong direction on Tuesday night, falling 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. The loss put their record at 17-21-5, worth 39 points and keeping the team in seventh place.
The Ducks are next in action Thursday, hosting the Dallas Stars. They then visit the Chicago Black Hawks on Saturday and the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
Ducks Stat Leaders
Scoring (points): Ryan Getzlaf 30, Jakob Silfverberg 28, Rickard Rakell 25.
Goals: Silfverberg 15, Adam Henrique 14, Ryan Getzlaf 11.
Assists: Getzlaf 19, Hampus Lindholm 16, Rakell 15.
Goalkeeping Average (goals allowed): John Gibson 2.95, Ryan Miller 3.20.