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2/3 of the Canucks' second line is definitely out for Saturday's season opener against the Ducks.
While I'd never root for NHL players to have injuries, it will be interesting to see how the Canucks address the Kesler and Booth injuries. Kesler, as we all know, provides a defensive edge that will be sorely missed. Also, I hope we light up Luongo.
- EJ Hradek discusses Ryan Getzlaf. [NHL.com] And Corey Perry. [NHL.com]
- Teemu Selanne! Plus nine other dudes to watch this season. [Grantland]
- Speaking of Teemu: he hopes that the Ducks get "pissed off" about the media's low expectations for their season. [ProHockeyTalk]
- Sheldon Souray and Bryan Allen are expected to "beef up" the Ducks' defense. [LA Times]
- Viktor Fasth made 25 saves in his North American professional debut, but the Norfolk Admirals still lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday (final score: 4-2). [Fox 43 TV.com]
- Nick Bonino has a new number and a new role. [The Orange County Register]
[Ed. Note: I was on Marek vs. Wyshynski on Wedensday discussing (or hating on) the Pacific Division. Scrub to about 15 minutes left. - JN]
AROUND THE NHL
- Injuries to Booth and Kesler might force the Canucks to adopt "a more tight-checking style" on Saturday. [Vancouver Sun]
- The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Matthew Lombardi to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 2014 conditional 4th round pick. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- The New York Rangers have acquired Brandon Mashinter from the Sharks. [Blueshirt Banter]
- Justin Bourne thinks it's a shame that the season is only 48 games because the rookie class is stacked (he does list John Gibson as our best rookie, which is a bit of a cop out). [Backhand Shelf]