As we announced yesterday, individual game tickets go on sale to the general public today at 10:00 AM Pacific. In light of this, I thought I’d share with you the top three home games I think you shouldn’t pass up on if you have the cash to snag some tickets tomorrow. Perhaps I can convince some of our other writers to give their top three as well.
This is based on the NHL schedule as it stands now, which assumes there will not be any sort of work stoppage. How likely the NHL and NHLPA are to come to an agreement and avoid a lockout remains to be seen.
Here’s my top three, and keep in mind I’m skipping the pre-season because, let’s face it, we only care about hockey that counts.
- November 18th – Los Angeles Kings
The freeway rivalry games are always fun, and we have plenty opportunities to see the Ducks and Kings face off every season. But this will be the first regular season game where the Ducks meet the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Certainly there will be a whole lot more behind these already-intense games. I wouldn’t want to miss how it all begins.
- February 24th – Winnipeg Jets
The Jets 2.0 visit the Honda Center for the very first time. Though the Ducks and the new Jets already met up last season (and what a great moment for Teemu that was!), Winnipeg has not visited Anaheim yet and this will be the first opportunity to see the team live for many of us.
- October 19th – Edmonton Oilers
This is a no-brainer. Justin Schultz visits the team he turned his back on for the very first time, to a chorus of boos. It’s no secret that Anaheim fans don’t like the way Schultz handled the situation (and others are starting to notice this), and this game will likely be the fist time he’ll get to hear an entire arena’s dislike rain down on him. Even though it’s likely not the last time, I certainly wouldn’t want to miss it.
Agree? Disagree? What are you must-see games? Assuming a CBA deal gets made, hockey is not as far away as it feels, time to start preparing.
Jer is ready for the season to start on time… please? Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.