Derek Stepan

Ducks' Ryan Kesler says, 'This team's too good not to be in the playoffs'

Ducks' Ryan Kesler says, 'This team's too good not to be in the playoffs'

Perhaps trying to inspire his underachieving teammates, Ducks center Ryan Kesler made a bold prediction.

“If we keep playing like we are, we're going to get in the playoffs. It's only a matter of time,” he said Monday after the Ducks' morning skate. “This team's too good not to be in the playoffs.”

When have we heard this before?

Oh, yeah, last season. From the Kings, then the defending Stanley Cup champions, who thought they were too good to miss the playoffs. But they did.

Kesler gets points for trying, but it's time for the Ducks to turn potential into consistent success.

They've been reduced to seizing shreds of hope from a victory...

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