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Ducks hope to move on after 6-1 loss

by Dan Myers /

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Needless to say, the Anaheim Ducks season opening game Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche left a lot to be desired for their coach Bruce Boudreau.

Not only did the Ducks lose big 6-1 to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center, but Boudreau was the target of an angry Patrick Roy, the Colorado coach who appeared to lose his cool in the closing seconds of the contest.

The result alone left a bad taste in Boudreau's mouth, and sitting on it for the last two days hasn't helped much.

"Certainly, we are looking forward to getting back on the ice," Boudreau said. "If we could have played the next morning, I'm sure the guys would have wanted to."

As much as the Ducks would probably like to forget the result of Wednesday's blowout, Boudreau said it's important that they don't dismiss everything from the season-opening loss.

"You put it behind you in a way," Boudreau said. "In the other way, you want to remember it and hope it doesn't happen again."

Veteran Ducks forward Saku Koivu said there was plenty to take from the loss to the Avalanche, but kept the loss in perspective. After all, there are still 81 games left in the regular season.

"Those few first games, you're paying more attention because you've been off a long time," Koivu said. "But there are games in midseason you might lose [like that] if you play bad. You have to turn the page and get ready for the next one.

"You have to forget the result. But you have to do the little things to try and get better. We've watched a lot of video the last two days, worked on our system. It's good to have a few days here to work and correct our mistakes."

Both the Ducks and Minnesota Wild will make small lineup adjustments following their season-opening games earlier in the week.

Most notably for the Ducks, winger Teemu Selanne will sit out tonight's game in an effort to keep his legs fresh on the front end of back-to-back games. Selanne will play Sunday in Winnipeg against the Jets in what could be his final appearance in the city where he began his National Hockey League career.

"Winnipeg might be a pretty big night for him," Ducks coach Bruce Bourdreau said Friday. "They love him there and rightfully so. They should love him.

Taking his place in the lineup will be Dustin Penner, who was a healthy scratch against Colorado on Wednesday.

Jonas Hiller was the first goalie off the ice during Saturday's optional morning skate, meaning he is the likely starter.

Minnesota will swap in rookie Matt Dumba for veteran Clayton Stoner on the blueline. All forward lines and other defensive pairings should remain the same. Niklas Backstrom is expected start again in goal.

Here are the projected lineup for Saturday:


Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg - Mathieu Perreault - Patrick Maroon

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Kyle Palmieri

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Mark Fistric - Ben Lovejoy

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Scratches: Peter Holland, Hampus Lindholm, Teemu Selanne

Injured: Emerson Etem (lower body), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Sheldon Souray (wrist)


Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville

Dany Heatley - Charlie Coyle - Nino Niederreiter

Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Mikael Granlund

Torrey Mitchell - Zenon Konopka - Justin Fontaine

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon

Matt Dumba - Keith Ballard

Niklas Backstrom

Josh Harding

Scratches: Nate Prosser, Clayton Stoner

Injured: Mike Rupp (knee)

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