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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 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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