Anaheim Ducks Continue Path Towards Making History

Riley KuftaContributor IIIFebruary 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 15:  Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on February 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on the worst NHL midseason records to make the playoffs since the lockout.  

Surprisingly, just three teams have reached the postseason with a record below .500 through 41 games, the worst being six games below.  

The Anaheim Ducks had a midseason record of 13-22-6, leaving their playoff chances hopeless to say the least.  

Since Jan. 6, the Ducks have a record of 14-2-3 and have now worked their way back into the picture with Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Jonas Hiller leading the way.  

Their performance over the past 19 games has been beyond impressive, but it's their last few games that have really got people talking. 

The team is currently four games into an eight-game road trip, and have picked up seven out of eight possible points. Earning points on the road is difficult enough, but the fact that their only point lost thus far was at Joe Louis Arena is incredible. 

The Ducks shut down the surging Penguins in a 2-1 victory last night, while holding the hottest player in the league, Evgeni Malkin, off the score-sheet. The win saw Anaheim reach the .500 plateau, putting them just six points out of the eighth and final playoff position.  

If the Ducks can continue their play for the remainder of this road-trip, they will not only have a chance at making the playoffs, but a good chance. And nobody wants to face a team in the postseason who is riding this type of momentum.