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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
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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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