Optimism is not the appropriate response to barely beating the Oilers.
If the season ended right now, the Anaheim Ducks would have a lottery pick in this summer's entry draft, but not their own. They've not only passed the Flyers point-wise, but crazily, are now sitting "ahead" of SEVEN eastern teams.
Anaheim has earned standings points in 8 of their last 10, mostly by virtue of leading after forty minutes. Plus: a cartoon, featuring a Blue Jacket employer!
Sure, the Ducks haven't won a road game in two months and are starting a four game trip tonight in Detroit. But Positivity! Anaheim is somehow only 7 points removed from a playoff spot. Also: what to nickname Dan Sexton?