NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, October 10th (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (1-1-0) at Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ducks are set to play their first game in Anaheim tonight, and in the process celebrate last year's Stanley Cup championship, when they welcome the Boston Bruins to the Honda Center.
Technically, this will be the Ducks' second home game of the season, as they played the role of the hosting club in one of their two games with the Los Angeles Kings in London, England on September 29-30.
However, this will be the club's first game in front of its own fans after playing the last three games on the road, and the Ducks plan to celebrate in style. Anaheim will provide a variety of pre-game festivities, capped by the raising of the 2007 Stanley Cup, Western Conference and Pacific Division champion banners to the rafters.
The treasured Stanley Cup will also be in attendance. Anaheim defeated the Ottawa Senators in last year's finals to capture the iconic trophy.
The Ducks will also try to halt a three-game losing streak tonight, with one of those setbacks coming in a shootout. The club was last in action on Saturday when it lost to Pittsburgh, 5-4. The game was even at three in the third until the Penguins netted a pair of goals just 19 seconds apart.
Chris Kunitz scored two goals for Anaheim, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry also scored. Perry currently leads the team with five points.
Jonas Hiller allowed five goals on 29 shots in the losing effort. Hiller played in place of Jean-Sebastian Giguere, who remains out after his surgery to repair a sports hernia. Giguere, along with Samuel Pahlsson (sports hernia surgery), could both make their season debuts tonight, however.
The Ducks, who are just 1-3-1 on the young season, kick off a four-game homestand tonight.
The Bruins, meanwhile, continue their current five-game road trip and unlike the Ducks, hit the ice for the third time this year. The club lost its season- opener to the Stars last Friday before downing Phoenix, 3-1, on Saturday.
The victory was the first for Boston under new head coach Claude Julien.
Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm both scored for the Bruins, as did Chuck Kobasew, whose short-handed goal in the first turned out to be the deciding tally.
Tim Thomas made 36 saves in the victory, while Marc Savard added an assist. However, Savard left the game in the second period with a groin injury and is doubtful for tonight's game, putting his 166 consecutive games-played streak on the line. Savard hasn't missed a game since April 3, 2004.
Boston plays every team of the Pacific Division during its current road swing.
Boston has won its last two meetings with Anaheim, though the clubs haven't met since January of 2006.
10/10 10:42:56 ET