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Ducks Ready For Highly Anticipated Season Opener

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 5:57 PM / 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

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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