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Fowl Faceoff: Penguins @ Ducks Preview

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The Anaheim Ducks will look to avoid dropping consecutive games against an Eastern Conference opponent when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins at Honda Center.

For the sake of not using a photo of Sidney Crosby, here's Teemu Selanne swatting Evgeni Malkin away.
For the sake of not using a photo of Sidney Crosby, here's Teemu Selanne swatting Evgeni Malkin away.
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After a lackluster showing against the Montreal Canadiens, the Anaheim Ducks will have Teemu Selanne back in the lineup to faceoff against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Keys to the Game: The penguins have dynamic players on offense. Stopping Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Jussi Jokinen and newly acquired Lee Stempniak will be a challenge for the entire team. There will be more than one line that the combination of Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik can cover.

Luckily, Bruce Boudreau will have the last change to use when matching lines against Dan Bylsma. Now that the top line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri have had a game together, we should see better play from them. Selanne's return to the lineup should also solidify the lines, sending Luca Sbisa to the healthy scratch list or bottom pairing.

What Can We Learn From This Game: First, we'll see if Rickard Rakell will be an influence after being called up on Thursday. If not, the usual lines will be looking to have a bounce back game after playing their worst game since the Olympic break.

Playing against the Penguins, one of the top teams in the league, will be a great way to compare the Ducks to one of the best teams the East has to offer.

Fearless Prediction: Corey Perry lands a huge hit on Sidney Crosby, who forgot that he isn't on team Canada anymore.

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