The Ducks are on Internet Radio. (Say it in the cadence of the Wall of Voodoo song; it's funny, honest)
As far as Ducks regulars, it's an important day for Bobby Ryan, who gets, in Carlyle's words, his first opportunity to "fail" at center before the season starts. It may be an important day for Lubomir Visnovsky, assuming the Ducks can draw a penalty to give the quarterback an in-game look at the new power play. Meanwhile, Ryan Carter tries to play his way onto this Ducks squad again, a somehow perennial occurrence after the center signed a three-year contract extension once upon a time.
For new faces like Mara and Voros, tonight's game is about solidifying a place on the team as far away from the healthy scratch list as possible. A pair of June-born 18 year-olds, in Smith-Pelly and Etem, will try to lay the foundation for a lasting impression with this Ducks front office as the pair inch closer to their age-20 offseason. Peter Holland looks to make his final summer vacation impression on the Ducks. A still unsigned late rounder (Scott Valentine) gets a shot at playing with a vet, and a bunch of newbies to the pro game get a look at some of their future opponents across the redline.
Oh, and Cam Fowler gets his first chance to prove that 'a child will lead them.'
In Eric Stephens' morning rundown for OCR, he points to these combos from the morning skate:
Matt Beleskey-Bobby Ryan-Emerson EtemDan Sexton-Ryan Carter-Kyle PalmieriBrandon McMillan-Peter Holland-Devante-Smith-PellyAaron Voros-MacGregor Sharp-Trevor SmithLubomir Visnovsky-Cam FowlerPaul Mara-Mat ClarkLuca Sbisa-Scott ValentineGoalies: Curtis McElhinney-Timo Pielmeier
Check out his rundown for comments on Sbisa's maturity. Also, check out Adam Brady's Ducks Blog entry, where he confirms there will be video highlights from the in-arena set up, and there will also be locker room comments. Speaking of comments: