The Mallards just wrapped up their longest homestand of the year, where they went 3-4-0-1. They did not score more than 3 goals in any of the games. The one bright spot on offense spot has been Kevin Baker, who notched 6 goals, 4 assists, and was +7 on the homestand. His last goal was the 200th ECHL goal in his career.
This sets them up for a challenging stretch run of 9 games. Six of these games are on the road. The Mallards have a better record on the road (16-10-2-2) than at home (15-15-2-1). Does this work to the Mallards’ advantage? The way things have been going, it just might.
Four of those six road games are at Rapid City. Overall the Mallards are 6-2-1-0 against the Rush this year, and 2-1-0-0 in games at Rapid City. The Mallards though have not faced the Rush since January 18, a game they won 3-1. The Rush have been playing very well since then. The question is whether the Mallards can continue playing well against the Rush, or if the Rush will continue to stay hot.
Those games versus the Rush will go a long ways to determining the playoff picture, but all the remaining games are critical, obviously. The Mallards have a home-and-home against the Thunder, another team very close in the standings to the Mallards. The Mallards are 5-5-0-0 against the Thunder this year, and seem very evenly matched with them.
The other games are against the Mavericks, Beast, and the final game of the season against the Oilers. The way things are playing out, would anyone be surprised if the whole season came down to that last game against the Oilers?