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Anaheim Ducks Gameday: Today's Wholly Unremarkable Opponent

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Ducks @ Avalanche, a lackluster way to start the season.

Crash, boom, bang. Photo credit
Crash, boom, bang. Photo credit
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Next Game

Anaheim Ducks
@ Colorado Avalanche

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013, 6:30 PM PDT
Pepsi Center

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It's our first game of the season, and because I'm a god damn American, I didn't really pay attention to any of the preseason (as exhibition games are for Europeans or whatever), so I really have no idea what to expect here. I'm guessing a wholly unremarkable effort out of Anaheim as coach Boudreau plays with defensive pairings and everyone else tries to get their chemistry back.

Luckily, we're playing a wholly unremarkable opponent.

The Avs went 16-25-7 last season for 39 points, failing to make the playoffs and instead making them the second-worst team in the league.

I couldn't find anyone I could ask who had paid enough attention to them to determine if they've made any worthwhile changes in the offseason, so it's probably safe to assume they haven't.

With last season being the exception to the rule, I understand the Ducks' history of awful season starts. With that in mind, I'm not setting expectations too high, even against a team we should be able to roll right over.

Prediction

Ducks win 3-2, game winning goal from Andrew Cogliano.

Classic Moment

To help commemorate the Ducks' 20th year this season, each gameday I'll be posting a clip of a classic moment from the team's history against that night's opponent. Here is today's...

The Mighty Ducks complete their sweep of the Colorado Avalanche in the Conference Semifinals of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.