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Open Gameday Thread Coyotes @ Ducks - Preseason

Next Game

Phoenix Coyotes
@ Anaheim Ducks

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010, 7:00 PM PST



Radio: NONE

Internet: Audio Only

Your Enemy: Five For Howling


The Ducks are on Internet Radio.  (Say it in the cadence of the Wall of Voodoo song; it's funny, honest)

Sleek has a gameday for tonight, and yesterday, I did an extended preview of the reported lineup (which includes a hysterical Getzlaf video) but here's the cribbed version:

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 Etem
Dan Sexton-Ryan Carter-Kyle Palmieri
Brandon McMillan-Peter Holland-Devante-Smith-Pelly
Aaron Voros-MacGregor Sharp-Trevor Smith
Lubomir Visnovsky-Cam Fowler
Paul Mara-Mat Clark
Luca Sbisa-Scott Valentine
Goalies: 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: