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Pregame: Line Combos, Lineup Sheets and More Leading into Tonight's Game

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks held a morning skate at Honda Center earlier today in preparation of their preseason opener against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (7 p.m., Radio: XEPRS 1090 AM.) [NOTE: You can also listen to the game on AM830's official website and mobile app].

Preseason travel usually occurs the day of the game, and in this case the Ducks will land in San Jose in the late afternoon and bus straight to the arena.

Judging by line rushes, this will be the lineup that suits up tonight:

Nick Ritchie - Rickard Rakell - Kevin Roy
Alex Dostie - Dennis Rasmussen - Jared Boll
Max Comtois - Derek Grant - Logan Shaw
Jack Kopacka - Antoine Morand - Corey Tropp

Josh Mahura - Brandon Montour
Marcus Pettersson - Josh Manson
Jaycob Megna - Andy Welinski

Reto Berra
Olle Eriksson Ek

As Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle alluded to yesterday, the lineup includes a handful of experienced players, like Rakell, Rasmussen, Ritchie and Manson. Rasmussen, who signed a one-year contract with the Ducks in the summer, says he's eager to apply the things he's learned in training camp into an actual game.

"I want to play a solid two-way game and be on the right side of the puck," said Rasmussen, who earned eight points (4g/4a) with 12 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. "Work the system like we've talked about in practice." The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Vasteras, Sweden native will center a line with Dostie and Boll.

While this isn't Rasmussen's first NHL preseason experience, it is for the 18-year-old Comtois. Selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Comtois will be on a line with Grant and Shaw. Though the 6-foot-2, 200-pound winger took part in the recent Prospect Showcase in San Jose, Comtois knows this will be a vastly different level of competition.

"NHL guys are probably going to play tonight, so it's going to be nice playing against them to see what I can do," Comtois said. "I'm just excited to play tonight. I feel good. They just told me to have fun and talk with [one another]. I'm ready for tonight."

Below are the lineups for each team.

Number Pos. Name
21 F Chris Wagner
22 F Dennis Rasmussen
26 D Brandon Montour
37 F Nick Ritchie
38 F Derek Grant
40 F Jared Boll
41 F Corey Tropp
42 D Josh Manson
48 F Logan Shaw
53 F Max Comtois
54 F Antoine Morand
57 F Alex Dostie
62 F Jack Kopacka
63 F Kevin Roy
66 D Keaton Thompson
67 F Rickard Rakell
69 D Marcus Pettersson
73 D Andy Welinski
75 D Jaycob Megna
76 D Josh Mahura
83 F Kalle Kossila
1 G Reto Berra
78 G Olle Eriksson Ek
Number Pos. Name
23 F Barclay Goodrow
27 F Joonas Donskoi
36 F Jannik Hansen
38 F Rudolfs Balcers
39 F Logan Couture
40 F Ryan Carpenter
43 F Filip Sandberg
44 D Marc-Edouard Vlasic
46 F Adam Helewka
47 D Joakim Ryan
48 F Tomas Hertl
52 F Brandon Bollig
55 F Sasha Chmelevski
57 D Nick DeSimone
61 D Justin Braun
62 F Kevin Labanc
63 D Julius Bergman
65 F Danny O'Regan
67 D Jacob Middleton
72 D Tim Heed
89 F Mikkel Boedker
1 G Troy Grosenick
30 G Aaron Dell
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