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PLEASE HAVE WILD WING COME DOWN FROM THE RAFTERS! Not that we care or anything. It's not like we're adults getting excited about a mascot on a zipline. We're excited for the children. Yes, that's the ticket, we're excited for the children to see Wild Wing come down from the rafters at tonight's home opener.


Mighty Fun Fact: On Sunday Hampus Lindholm became the first player in Ducks History born after the inaugural game to play in the regular season.

Numbers for Nerds

Team Records: Ducks 2-1-0, Rangers 1-2-0, Ducks 2011-12 Record vs NYR 1-0-1 (both in shootouts, including the NHL Premier Game in Stockholm, seems like a loooooong time ago)

Team Leaders: Ducks – Jakob Silfverberg & Mathieu Perreault tie for the team lead with 2 goals and 3 points; Surprisingly Saku Koivu is the worst center on the team in faceoff percentage with only 45.4%, Perreault is the best at 56.9%, even though that only means a few extra seconds of possession.

Rangers – Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash all have 3 points (Richards' are all goals, Stepan and Nash are goalless). Dan Girardi lead's the Rangers with 22:12 TOI/G. Nobody on the team is above even plus-minus.

Goalies: Ducks – Looks like Jonas Hiller is getting the start and that might be based solely off of the numbers 1-0-0, 2.77 GAA, .909 Sv% (Viktor Fasth 1-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .826 Sv%)

Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist: 1-2-0, 3.62 GAA, .897 Sv%, Martin Biron is the back up, but who are we kidding? he's not going to play unless something goes very badly (0-0-0, 9.68 GAA, .762 Sv% after playing only 30 minutes versus San Jose)

Power Play: Ducks – 11.1 PP% (25th), Nick Bonino has the only PP goal.

Rangers – 20.0 PP% (15th), Richards and Mark Staal have the Rangers' 2 PPGs

Penalty Kill: Ducks – 54.6 PK% (29th and on the rise!)

Rangers – 62.5 PK% (25th) and Ryan McDonagh had that CRAZY shorthanded goal against Jonathan Quick. Let's relive that one more time, shall we?