The Anaheim Ducks were shut out Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks for the fifth time in eight games. A Stanley Cup favorite entering the season, the Ducks are 1-5-2. Stunningly, they have scored a league-worst six goals and given up 21.
The easy fix for struggling teams is to get rid of the coach. It’s much more difficult to find matches in the trade market, especially when 29 other teams know you’re in desperation mode.
Here’s why the Ducks should stay the course with Bruce Boudreau:
Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler aren’t this bad
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are among the best power forwards in hockey. Ryan Kesler is a strong second-line center. Each player has one assist on the year. It’s no surprise that their struggles have mirrored the Ducks’. The players’ shot rates are down, but Perry showed promise with eight shots Tuesday to increase his season total to 18. Slumps happen. The track records of these players are too good for it to last much longer. Perry has scored at least 30 goals five times in his career, Getzlaf is a five-time 20-goal scorer and…