Game 1: Arizona Visits Anaheim

By Michael Walters

Arizona(0-0-0) at Anaheim(0-0-0)

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*Note: This game preview is updated throughout the day, so check back periodically for updates.

Anaheim Outlook

The Anaheim Ducks went 4-1-1 in the preseason, winning the last three games and will look to carry the momentum into the season opener.

Anaheim had a rough go of it last season and will look for a better outcome this year. They are led by their new head coach Dallas Eakins, who has gained the team’s respect already as he visited with several players during the offseason.

The change has been made behind the bench, but will it change the outcome on the ice is the question this season. The Ducks were last or towards the bottom of the league in many categories(shots for and shots against, special teams, etc.) last year. The Ducks weren’t getting enough shots on net and the defense wasn’t helping out their goalies enough. All that has to change if the Ducks want to have a rebound season.

Injury Updates:

Patrick Eaves and Ryan Kesler are out for the season.

Ondrej Kase and Sam Steel were hurt in the preseason but drew in for the opening net.

Max Comtois and Isac Lundestrom were reassigned to San Diego just prior to the game.

Brayden Tracey has an upper-body injury and is still in Anaheim according to the Moose Jaw Warriors. His status is week-to-week.

Projected Lineup 

Nick Ritchie – Ryan GetzlafOndrej Kase
Rickard RakellSam Steel – Jakob Silfverberg
Max JonesAdam HenriqueTroy Terry
Devin ShoreDerek GrantCarter Rowney

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson
Brendan Guhle –  Cam Fowler
Jacob Larsson – Korbinian Holzer

In Net:
John Gibson 0-0-0, GAA 0.00, SV% .000 (Confirmed)

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Arizona Outlook

The Arizona Coyotes had a decent season last year. They ended up in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 86 points and missed a wild card spot by four points.

The Coyotes have a young group of players like the Ducks, which should make them fun to watch this season. They did add Stanley Cup Champion Phil “The Thrill” Kessel in the offseason, who will help this team make a push for the playoffs with his veteran presence.

Arizona also signed Darcy Kuemper to a two-year extension. He was 27-20-8, with a GAA of 2.33 and .925 SV% last season. He will be the starter tonight and on most nights as Antti Raanta is on a conditioning loan in Tuscan. Arizona was at the bottom of the league in scoring and power-play percentage last year, which they will need to improve in for better success this season.

Injury Updates:

Antti Raanta suffered a lower-body injury during the preseason and will be rehabbing in Tuscon. The timetable for his return is unknown.

Projected Lineup (Optional Skate – No Line Rushes)

Clayton KellerDerek StepanPhil Kessel
Nick SchmaltzCarl SoderbergConor Garland
Michael GrabnerBrad RichardsonVinnie Hinostroza
Lawson CrouseChristian DvorakChristian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-LarssonJason Demers
Alex GoligoskiNiklas Hjalmarsson
Jakob ChychrunJordan Oesterle

In Net
Darcy Kuemper, 0-0-0, GAA 0.00, SV% .000 (Confirmed)

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October 3rd, 2019


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