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Steve MacIntyre

Job No. 1 for Ducks: Getting to the playoffs

Job No. 1 for Ducks: Getting to the playoffs

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray watched how the Kings cruised through the regular season, then gassed the accelerator to the floor once the Stanley Cup was in sight.

"Our first job is to get to the playoffs. I don't care where we finish," Murray said. "Just get there, and then we'll figure it out."

Murray's logic is rooted in the belief that, "as was proven last year, home ice is not what it used to be." The Ducks joined San Jose and 2013 champion Chicago as teams that squandered home-ice advantage to the lower-seeded Kings, who won the Cup for the second time in three seasons.

Yet, the man leading the Ducks, Coach...