Anaheim Ducks: Keys to Opening Night Win

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Sep 22, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Dany Heatley (51) celebrates with his team after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

These keys may seem simple, but a simple strategy doesn’t have to be an ineffective one. There is no need to try and get cute with the style of play: the best way for any team to play is to focus on its strengths and do those things well. By doing these things, the Ducks should be put in a good position to succeed.

Even though this is just one game in an 82 game gauntlet, each of the 82 games is important. The goal should be to improve as individual players and as a team with each practice, each day, and each game, so that the team can hopefully be playing its best in April and May. 1-0-0 looks much better than 0-1-0 or 0-0-1, and if the Ducks succeed in the areas mentioned above they’ll leave Pittsburgh with the first result, instead of one of the latter two.

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