Ducks Ready For Highly Anticipated Season Opener

Wednesday, 10.2.2013 / 2:57 PM PT / News
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Ducks Ready For Highly Anticipated Season Opener
It\u2019s been highly anticipated for months, and tonight it\u2019s finally here. The Ducks begin the 2013-14 season with a road contest against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (6:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830).
By Kyle Shohara

It’s been highly anticipated for months, and tonight it’s finally here. The Ducks begin the 2013-14 season with a road contest against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (6:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830).

Earlier today, the team announced it assigned winger Devante Smith-Pelly to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Subsequently, forward Jakob Silfverberg was activated off injured reserve and is expected to play on the second line with Teemu Selanne and new acquisition Mathieu Perreault.

Viktor Fasth appears to be getting the nod in net tonight, while Dustin Penner and rookie Hampus Lindholm are expected to be among the team’s healthy scratches tonight.

On Lindholm, head coach Bruce Boudreau said he wants the young defenseman “to watch a game,” to see how the speed, intensity and pace picks up in regular season play as opposed to preseason action.

Expected to fill Penner’s absence on the top line is young power forward Patrick Maroon, who is coming off a strong training camp and preseason.

“I just think you have to reward certain people for having good training camps and you have to make a point," Boudreau said. "If you don’t have a great training camp this isn’t just given to you, not everything’s given to you. So that was the case.

“In Dustin’s defense, the last 10 days he’s worked extremely hard. He’s not quite where he wants to be, but he’s getting closer, a lot closer than when he first came into camp.”

Added Boudreau, “At this stage, Maroon earned the first game."

Here are the expected line combinations for both teams:

Ducks
Maroon - Getzlaf - Perry
Silfverberg - Perreault - Selanne
Cogliano - Koivu - Winnik
Beleskey - Bonino - Palmieri

Fowler - Beauchemin
Fistric - Lovejoy
Allen - Vatanen

Avalanche
O’Reilly - Duchene - Downie
Landeskog - Stastny - Tanguay
McGinn - MacKinnon - Parenteau
McLeod - Mitchell - Bordeleau

Hejda - Johnson
Barrie - Guenin
Benoit - Sarich

As a reminder, you can attend an official Ducks Watch Party tonight at Tilted Kilt in Orange (1625 W. Katella), and have a chance to win player autographed items. DETAILS

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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