Maybe the No. 1 seed in the
But what's more valuable, that seeding, which can still be clinched by Saturday, or a rested, healthy Getzlaf for the playoffs?
So while the outcomes have been ugly and the play sloppy in consecutive losses to playoff outsiders Colorado and Dallas, the
Following what Ducks Coach
In 2013-14, the second-seeded Ducks bowed out to Detroit in the first round, and last season they were routed by the visiting Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
"It hasn't happened in the last couple of years and we want to make sure it does happen this year," said Boudreau, who rested Getzlaf again at Thursday's practice.
The first-line center, an
"He's our straw that stirs the [drink] and when he's on top of his game, everything else follows suit and everyone else follows suit," Boudreau said.
The coach, seeking to lead a team at least to a conference final for the first time in his career, said Thursday's practice was intended to get his players to understand "the message -- we've got to compete harder. We want to win.