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Game Preview: Ducks Open Preseason vs. Coyotes

7 p.m. PT - TV: None Radio: KSPN 710

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks open their 2016 preseason schedule tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT). Tonight marks the first of seven games on Anaheim's preseason slate, which continues tomorrow night in Los Angeles against the Kings at Staples Center. All seven games will be against Pacific Division foes.

This also marks the first of three home games for the Ducks, who also host the Kings this Sunday (5 p.m. PT), and the San Jose Sharks in the preseason finale on Sunday, Oct. 9 (5 p.m. PT).

The Coyotes come to town having opened their preseason schedule last night with split-squad games against the Kings at Gila River Arena in Glendale (5-3 W) and Staples Center (4-3 L), and it is expected that many of the players who skated in LA will face the Ducks tonight. Standout rookie left wing Anthony Duclair was among them, as well as center Dylan Strome (3rd overall, 2015 Draft), defenseman Jakob Chychrun (16th overall, 2016), left wing Lawson Crouse (11th overall, 2015 - FLA) and former Ducks left wing Jamie McGinn. Defenseman Connor Murphy, center Henrik Samuelsson and Strome scored for the Coyotes in LA, who trailed 3-1 after two periods of play. Justin Peters and Marek Langhamer each made 14 saves in the loss.

As for the Ducks, who opened training camp with 64 players on their training camp roster (39 forwards, 18 defensemen and seven goaltenders), you can expect a mix on youth and experience in the lineup tonight against the Coyotes.

Stay tuned throughout the day on for continued coverage of tonight's preseason opener.

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