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Daily Primer Oct. 13: Ducks fly together

by John Kreiser

The Anaheim Ducks are celebrating their 20th anniversary, so perhaps it's appropriate that one of the best players in franchise history returns for Throwback Night.

After the Ducks honor some of the players who took part in their initial NHL season in 1993-94, they'll step onto the ice at Honda Center in their retro Mighty Ducks jerseys. Their opponents will be the Ottawa Senators, whose roster includes forward Bobby Ryan -- the biggest name in an offseason deal between the teams. Ryan had four consecutive 30-goal seasons for the Ducks before struggling last season and being traded in July.

Jakob Silfverberg, the key piece of the package the Ducks received for Ryan, is off to a fast start with four goals in four games, helping Anaheim to a 3-1-0 start. But Ryan's not doing badly either; he has goals in each of Ottawa's past two games and has four points during the Senators' 1-1-2 start.

Here's a look at Sunday's action:

Phoenix Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes -- The Coyotes are wrapping up a five-game trip that's gone from "awful" to "not bad" and could end up "pretty good" if they can beat the Hurricanes. The Coyotes were beaten by the San Jose Sharks and routed by the New York Islanders, but bounced back with wins against the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers on back-to-back nights. Carolina has won only two of five games, but the Hurricanes have gone home without a point only once this season. They got a singleton on Friday in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers -- The Kings have yet to win in regulation, but they're perfect when the game goes past 60 minutes. The 2-1 win at Carolina on Friday was their third victory of the season; they've won twice in shootouts and once in overtime. Florida limped home with three consecutive losses on their four-game season-opening road trip, but looked like a different team in their home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday as they scored six times in a 6-3 victory.

New Jersey Devils at Winnipeg Jets -- The Devils come to MTS Centre with three points, but for the first time since moving to New Jersey in 1982, they have no wins in their first five games. The goose egg in the "W" column is there despite the fact that the Devils have scored first in four of their five games (they were shut out in the other); teams that score first in the NHL win about two of every three games. The defensive struggles that cost Winnipeg a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season are back again; the Jets have allowed 16 goals in five games and are coming off a 4-1 home loss to the Dallas Stars in which they were down three goals after 20 minutes.

Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks -- The Ducks will be well-rested when the Senators come to Honda Center; they've been off since walloping the New York Rangers 6-0 on Thursday for their third consecutive victory after a season-opening loss. Ottawa is playing the fifth of a season-opening six-game road trip and is coming off a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in which the Senators were outshot 50-23. Expect Craig Anderson in goal after Robin Lehner played at the Shark Tank. Anaheim will be wearing its eggplant, jade and white uniforms for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season. Disney sold the team before the 2006-07 season and the team changed to its current name and colors -- just in time to win the Stanley Cup.


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