The practice rink was empty for more than an hour at Anaheim Ice but there was work being done elsewhere, the heavy lifting taking place behind closed doors Thursday.
Not surprisingly, the Ducks held a prolonged team meeting the day after their winless streak hit six games. "Today was good. A lot of guys were talking and giving their opinions how they feel why it doesn't work, really," Teemu Selanne said. "A lot of times coaches are talking and nobody says a word and you go to the ice and say, 'Well, I don't think that's work[ing].
"It's important that the players can give their input also about the situation. It was really good. It was really honest conversations. I think it was a huge step forward."
Said Duck Coach Randy Carlyle: "You have to eliminate any confusion, any doubt before you can take the next step forward."