Ducks update: Slumping and sleepless in Anaheim
Just ask Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle.
"There’s a buzzer that goes off in my brain somewhere around 3 in the morning and it’s always about what’s going on at work and what’s going on with the hockey club," he said after practice Tuesday at Honda Center. "Then there’s a toss and turn for sometimes two hours, sometimes it’s three hours and sometimes it’s one hour.
"And then you want to sleep till 10 because you’re tired and you’ve just gotten back to sleep at 5. Those are the things that happen. Part of the stress and the pressure that comes with not having the success you feel you’re capable of."
The Ducks have been in a deep and prolonged slump. They have not been a consistent team since getting off to a 4-1 start, and the season just hit the one-quarter mark. Forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are a combined minus-18, and the bottom six forwards have lacked scoring punch.
“You couldn’t believe it if I told you," he said.
"You wouldn’t watch it. Being a hunter and a fisherman. I watched the outdoor channels and old westerns," he said.
His wife, apparently, is not watching those shows with him. Said Carlyle: "She says I’m caught in a time warp. Obviously there's more than one TV in our home."
-- Lisa Dillman
Photo: Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle. Credit: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP/Getty Images