Anaheim Ducks

Climbing the ladder is now the priority

THE ANAHEIM DUCKS are sixth place in the NHL Pacific Division (Shutterstock).

The Anaheim Ducks will hope to continue climbing the ladder of the NHL Pacific Division when they host the St. Louis Blues tonight (Tuesday) at Honda Center.

Having won three of their last five games – and earned points in all of them – the Orange County team has 53 points and leapfrogged the San Jose Sharks into sixth-place in the eight team division.

On Sunday, the Ducks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on goals by Jakob Silverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie and held on to defeat the Buffalo Sab res 3-2 in New York.

Ryan Miller had 31 saves in goal, getting his 385th victory tying him for 15th on the all-time NHL list.

“When I look back, I never would have expected to be on a list like that or playing this long,” said Miller, 39, “so I try to appreciate the opportunities.” Miller played 11 seasons in his career with the Sabres.

That five-game round trip which wound up in Buffalo was 3-0-2 and provided a lot of the fuel for the team’s rise.

On Thursday, the Ducks will host the Calgary Flames, then head up the coast on Sunday to visit the Vancouver Canucks.

Rising out of sixth will take some doing, as the five teams above them are all clustered within four points of each other.

The Canucks are on top with 67 points, but the next three are tied at 64, with Arizona at 63.

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