The Anaheim Ducks are ready to get this show on the road, opening their season against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at T-Mobile Arena. Aiming for the postseason, the team isn’t rushing to get young stars Jamie Drysdale and, more surprisingly, Trevor Zegras, into the line up.
This series against Vegas is partly why. Since joining the Pacific (and for this season, the West) Division, the Golden Knights have earned a reputation for playing hard, physical hockey. When these teams clash, it’s quite literal.
But it’s not all sunshine and superstars in Sin City — ahead of the franchise’s fourth season, head coach Pete DeBoer faces line up decisions that are influenced by cap-compliance as much as the team’s needs on the ice. They’ll begin the season with 13 forwards and five defenders. Keegan Kolesar will be the odd man out up front, while Zach Whitecloud will cycle into the defense, while the top two pairs eat the majority of minutes.
If the Ducks are serious about getting into the postseason, they’ll have to contend with the best of the West, and on paper that includes the Golden Knights.
Rickard Rakell — Adam Henrique — Jakob Silfverberg
Isac Lundestrom — Ryan Getzlaf — Danton Heinen
Max Comtois — Sam Steel — Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers — Derek Grant — Carter Rowney
Cam Fowler — Josh Manson
Hampus Lindholm — Kevin Shattenkirk
Jacob Larsson — Jani Hakanpaa
Expected Scratches: Sonny Milano
Injured Reserve: Brendan Guhle (knee), Max Jones (undisclosed)
Max Pacioretty — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith
Alex Tuch — Cody Glass — Nicolas Roy
William Carrier — Tomas Nosek — Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb — Alex Pietrangelo
Alec Martinez — Shea Theodore
Expected Scratches: None
Injured Reserve: None
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on NHL Network, AT&T Sportsnet Rockey Mountains, PRIME and Fox Sports San Diego and is available to stream through NHL.tv.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!