“We’re not happy with how things are going,” the Ducks defenseman said following the team’s Saturday morning skate at
The Ducks (40-14-5) will lead the
"Certainly when you have a break as long as ours, you want to go in on a win," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said before playing the last-place Predators (25-23-10). "We don't want to hear for the next 23 [days] that we're on this losing streak."
Boudreau said his message to the team was a reminder of the fortitude they've shown in coming from behind to win a league-best 16 games.
"They've shown great character all year, come back all year," he said. "I've told them after numerous games, 'Character carried us through.' And that's what we want to see today: character carry us through. A lot of people out there think we're OK to limp into the break. That's not true. We want to go in on a good win in a great game."
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The team definitely has missed him.
"He's a good piece of the puzzle," Boudreau said. "When he's not out there, there's a lot of maneuvering we have to do that we don't like doing, but injuries are part of the sport."
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FATAL FLAW? Both Sbisa and fellow defenseman Hampus Lindholm insist the opposition has not unearthed an Achilles' heel on the Ducks that has led to the recent rash of losses.
"It's not a weakness like we leave the slot open or that our neutral zone is not tight enough," Sbisa said. "Combined, the effort has not been there.
"Then it was [Wednesday] against Chicago and we still lost. That was our first step to getting back, and if we have the same effort we had against Chicago, I think we're looking at a good chance to win the game."
Rookie Lindholm, 20, said he felt fine physically, and that the team was just enduring a normal rough patch over the 82-game haul.
"It's not often you see a team lose just one of 10," Lindholm said. "There's always going to be a time like this where you lose four of 10. We just need to work on the little things, and it's OK for this to happen in the middle of the season.
"This is not when we want to be our best. We want to be our best when the playoffs start. Good to go through, and feel how it feels, see how you react. But I think we'll come out strong tonight."