Preview: Ducks vs Avalanche, Roster, and Quick Notes

Photo: NHL Video Center

Photo: NHL Video Center

By Michael Walters

Today the Anaheim Ducks start the pre-season with their first game against the Colorado Avalanche. The game is at 6pm in Colorado at the Pepsi Center. Radio of the game will be available by Dan Wood and Steve Carroll via the Ducks website. The game is not on television tonight, only the audio will be streamed on the Ducks website.

Tonight is the first of six games on Anaheim’s preseason schedule. The rest of the schedule is listed below.

Friday, Sept 25th vs. the Los Angeles Kings
Saturday Sept. 26th at SAP Center against the Sharks
Tuesday, Sept. 29th at Staples Center against the Kings
Thursday, Oct. 1st vs. Avalanche
Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. San Jose (Want tickets to this game? Visit our Facebook page for our giveaway contest)

Below is the team line-up for the Ducks. Big names players like Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Carl Hagelin and Frederik Andersen will not be playing tonight. The exact line combinations have not been provided, but it is likely Bruce Boudreau will be changing up the lines throughout the game.

It looks like John Gibson will get the start in net tonight. Gibson was just signed to a three year extension. For details of his new contract please visit: Gibson Signs Extension

Regardless the final score tonight’s game will feature the new 3-on-3 five-minute overtime format that starts this season. This replaces the old 4-on-4 five minute format to increase the chances of a game being won before going to a shootout.

Here are the team rosters for tonight’s game.

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