DUCKS (0-0-0) at AVALANCHE (0-0-0)
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Season series: The Ducks won two of three games last season, including the only meeting in Denver. On Feb. 6, Viktor Fasth stopped all 31 shots to record his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory. The Avalanche won the teams' most recent meeting, a 4-1 win in Anaheim on April 10.
Big story: Teemu Selanne opens his final NHL season in 2013-14 season as the league's oldest active player and the oldest to ever compete in a Ducks uniform at 43 years and 92 days. Selanne enters the season ranked 11th among all-time leaders in goals (6 behind Jagr), 40th in all-time assists (6 behind Federko), 15th in all-time scoring (37 behind Mikita), third in all-time PPG (14 behind Brett Hull) and sixth in all-time GWG (2 behind Brendan Shanahan). He is set to begin his 22nd NHL season and 15th in an Anaheim uniform, and is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring (961), goals (448), assists (513), games (902), plus/minus (+112), PPG (112), PPP (402), GWG (74), shots (2,853) and overtime goals (6).
Ducks: The Ducks will start the season with two defensemen expected to be in their top six on injured reserve, but will see the return of one they didn't expect to have for opening night.
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who had reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee in May, likely will be on the ice when the team opens the season Wednesday in Colorado.
Beauchemin said after practice Monday that managing his days off has been a key in his rapid return.
"It's amazing what one day off makes," he told the team's website. "I took one day off Thursday and felt great. I had [Sunday] off, and [Monday] was a really good day. Going through an injury like I did, a day off is really the key to make sure you recover well."
Avalanche: Nate Guenin has had NHL opportunities before, but after spending all of last season in the American Hockey League, he's hoping to spend some time in Colorado this season.
Guenin was a surprise addition to the Avalanche's opening-night roster. He'll play Wednesday against the Ducks paired with Tyson Barrie while Ryan Wilson recovers from a knee injury. Nick Holden is scheduled to replace Guenin in the lineup for the home opener Friday against the Nashville Predators. Beyond that, however, nothing appears decided.
"If I'm in the lineup [Wednesday] I'll be excited and do everything I can to help out," Guenin told the Denver Post on Tuesday, prior to coach Patrick Roy announcing the opening-night lineup. "I've always felt this is where I belong and it's just up to me to get here."
Guenin, 30, had 24 points in 66 games with the Norfolk Admirals last season, and last played in the NHL on March 21, 2012, as a member of the Ducks.
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