I won't lie. My Sauron-like gaze over the coming hockey season has shifted slightly into the periphery as the San Francisco Giants try desperately to let the San Diego Padres back into the playoffs. Robby will take issue with that characterization as more of my self-righteous-Giant-fan-self-deprecation, which I apparently don't deserve because my team won a World Series in New York three years before the minor league version of his team was founded (in 1936) and then had the nerve to win their last World Series (again in New York) 15 years before the major league version of his team was founded (in 1969). With all this recent success, what am I complaining about, honestly? It's not like there are Giants fans who suffer worse than Padres fans.
Of course, that is all to say that there are high-strung baseball fans roaming the Earth, which can only mean one thing. It's October! It's hockey season! So Robby and I will be at the game tonight. So will Jen. So will Floyd. So will Sleek.
Anaheim is, perhaps, uncomfortably close to the roster they will take into Detroit in seven days. Sure, there are questions remaining. Maybe Toni Lydman's return to the ice (discussed in the video above) is an encouraging sign for a corps that seems ready to commit to its healthy seven. Maybe there's a legitimate battle going on between Maxime Macenauer and Josh Green, which would bring some new blood to a forward corps that picked up where it left off last year in its unsuccessful journey to find chemistry. But then, maybe Bobby Ryan back on the left side is that one move that is, for some reason, better than the last five 'that one moves' that didn't pan out.
But this close to the days when the games count (and count against you), any uncertainty feels manufactured, especially with 25 healthy players left watching the scratch board. If the team doesn't look good tonight, why would it look good in seven days? After an atrocious loss to the Kings, I'm looking for a strong performance to comfort me, and I think a lot of Ducks fans are looking for the same thing.
In Fox-Sports-West-is-suddenly-awesome-again news, the Ducks announced that the cable broadcaster will be webcasting Sunday night's game between Anaheim and Los Angeles on foxsportswest.com, just as they did the last tussle between the teams. But that's not all! Fox Sports will also, on one of their actual TV channels this time, televise a Ducks Season Preview show at the following times:
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 p.m. (following the Dodger-Diamondbacks game)
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ***Immediately follows the Ducks first regular season contest at Detroit (4 p.m. PDT)***
Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m.
on PRIME TICKET
Awesome. Someone told them we have a hockey team.