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History repeating itself in Anaheim

November 6, 2018, 4:20 PM ET [24 Comments]
Steve Palumbo
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The Anaheim Ducks are celebrating 25 years of NHL existence. The season has been full of throwbacks and shout outs to the Mighty Ducks squad of 92-93. I imagine a ton of planning went into making this season special for the fans that have called the Ducks their teams for the past two and a half decades. I suspect they didn't anticipate the product on the ice mimicking that of the year one Mighty Ducks.

- The 2018-19 Ducks are among the worst offensive teams in the league. The 37 goals in 15 games is the fourth lowest total in the NHL. The inaugural team potted 35 goals in its first 15 games and they two pulled up the rear in league scoring.

- Defensively the current team is much better, having allowed 42 goals compared to the 57 goals allowed for the inaugural squad. That said, Anaheim is still in the bottom half of the league in goals against. That's where I draw the parallel there.

- Looking up and down the current roster I noticed that nobody has more than four goals this season. Jacob Silfverberg leads the Ducks with four goals, but he's never scored more than 23 goals in a season. That leads me to believe he won't eclipse that total this season. At this rate, no one else on the Ducks is on pace for more than 17 goals this season.

Only Terry Yake (21) and Bob Corkum (23) reached the 20-goal mark in 1993-94. Yake led the team in scoring with 52 points. Rikard Rakell leads the current Ducks with 11 points in 15 games. He's on pace for 60 points in 82 games.

- 34 different players suited up for the Mighty Ducks in that first season. The current Ducks have already suited up 26 different players and I can guarantee more are on the way.

- That first Mighty Ducks group finished its first season in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 33 wins, ahead of the LA Kings and behind the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks.

The current Ducks are in fourth place in the Pacific Division, ahead of the LA Kings and behind the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks. Oh, BTW Anaheim is on pace for 33 wins.

I know this 25th anniversary season was supposed to be all about celebrating the franchise's past - I don't think this is what management had in mind.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the throwbacks - each and every one of them,
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