Mats Zuccarello

What we learned in the NHL last week

What we learned in the NHL last week

Lessons from the past week in the NHL:

• The Ducks made up some ground by winning four consecutive games after their 1-7-2 start but slid backward during a 0-1-2 homestand. Their woes are baffling for a team that appeared to get many upgrades last summer.

"That's just on paper, though," defenseman Cam Fowler said last week. "Sure, people are saying, 'The Ducks have a great team, brought in all these new people.' Of course these are great players in here but until we start executing as a team, five men at a time, it's just not going to be there. I don't know if we're searching for our chemistry or if we're just a little in-between on our reads right now but...