The Anaheim Ducks open the 2020-21 season tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights.
The wait is finally over, my friends. With sharpened skates, new sticks, and a clean slate, the Anaheim Ducks will skate out on the fresh ice at T-Mobile Arena in just a matter of hours to open their season against the Vegas Golden Knights.
It has been a journey to get here. Many questioned whether or not we would actually have a 2020-21 season this year due to the uncertainty that came with COVID-19 and the pandemic. Thankfully, although it is a shortened season, the NHL is returning to the ice.
As far as the Anaheim Ducks go, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding our favorite team. However, it’s a new season; let’s leave the negativity and disappointment from last season in 2020. There is a lot to be excited about as opening night quickly approaches.
Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will make his debut with the Anaheim Ducks, taking a spot in their top 4. With Shattenkirk in the fold, not only do the Ducks get a boost on the power play, but with Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, and Josh Manson beside him, this is a blueline we can really get behind.
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Derek Grant is back! Elite 1 C will reprise his role with the Anaheim Ducks after being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2020 Trade Deadline. A lot of responsibilities are being put on his shoulders, including a spot on the top power-play unit, but Grant can handle anything.
With the start of a new season, we finally get to see what Sonny Milano and Danton Heinen have to offer. Bob Murray‘s two trade deadline acquisitions were limited in the number of games they played last season after COVID-19 hit the states. This is their chance to truly show Ducks fans that they deserve to be key pieces moving forward.
Goalie Jesus… need I say more? Our Lord and Savior, John Gibson, is fresh and ready for action. With the beating he took last season behind him, and a sleek new mask, our beloved goaltender is ready to lead his team back to relevance and we’re here for it!
Anaheim Ducks Injuries
Defenseman Brendan Guhle has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to be out up to six weeks after spraining his right knee in a collision with an opposing player during a training camp scrimmage.
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