As the NBA continues to cancel games and the NFL enters it’s fifth week of play, the NHL prepares for the opening day of another glorious hockey season on Thursday, October 7th. While the Ducks aren’t taking part in the season’s Day 1 games, they’re presently in Helsinki Finland waiting to take on the Buffalo Sabres, a team that ESPN’s Matthew Barnaby (back from his alleged suspension after his run-in with the law last season) pegs as his “surprise Stanley Cup Contender” for the year. Although the Ducks lost to the Sabres 2-5 in their one meeting last season, Hart Trophy winner, Corey Perry, and long time veteran, Teemu Selanne, doing his best impression of Tuck Everlasting, are back and ready to go with a majority of their offense/defense still in tact from last season. The Ducks have also added to their offense, centers Andrew Cogliano and veteran, Maxime Macenauer, along with wingers Brian McGrattan and Devante Smith-Pelly but still retained the consistent Toni Lydman, Lubomir Visnovsky, Cam Fowler, and Luca Sbisa on defense. Jonas Hiller is also hopefully, no longer fatigued, even though Dan Ellis proved himself worth of playing between the pipes last season, if need be.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA