Vancouver, BC – Well ladies and gents the day has finally come! The Ducks are back and are ready to take on the NHL world, or at least the Western Conference until the Stanley Cup Finals.
Bruce Boudreau’s squad is healthy and ready to improve upon last year’s final standing of 13th in the West. The get a win tonight, however, will be no easy task as they go up against defending President’s Trophy winner Vancouver Canucks. The good news though is that historically the Ducks fair well on the road at Rogers Arena.
The biggest story is if the Ducks can repeat their post-January success from last year. Bobby Ryan commented to the Los Angeles Times about the importance of a strong start.
“It could be one of those years where if you get behind the 8-ball early, you don’t know. It’s just ever more important for us to get off to a good start and put all of that to bed. Because those issues will go away if you’re winning. That resolve is not going to take long to get going. It can’t.”
The Canucks are hoping that they made the right decision by naming Cory Schneider the No. 1 goalie over Roberto Luongo in the off-season. The Canucks are looking to return to form now that both Daniel and Henrik Sedin are healthy. One road block is the many other holes in the lineup due to injury. Ryan Kesler (wrist and shoulder), David Booth (groin) and Dan Hamhuis (groin) will all be out for tonight’s game.
With the shortened season, this will the first of three games against the Canucks.
|Apr 3, 2012||ANA@VAN||VAN, 5 – 4|
|Jan 15, 2012||ANA@VAN||ANA, 4 – 2|
|Dec 29, 2011||VAN@ANA||VAN, 5 – 2|
|Nov 11, 2011||VAN@ANA||ANA, 4 – 3|
Tags: Anaheim Ducks Bobby Ryan Bruce Boudreau Cory Schneider Daniel Hamhuis Daniel Sedin David Booth Henrik Sedin NHL Northwest Division Pacific Division Roberto Luongo Ryan Kesler Stanley Cup Teemu Selanne Vancouver Canucks Western Conference