The Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild were each handed losses in their first games of the season, but on Saturday night one will get a win when the two up against each other at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild were at least able to snag a point in their opener, falling to the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout. The Ducks were not so lucky, as they fell victim to the Colorado Avalanche by a 6-1 score. Goaltender Viktor Fasth had a career-worst outing on Wednesday, as he was in net for all six goals. Saturday, it will be Jonas Hiller getting his first start of the season against a Wild offense that ranked near the bottom of the league in goals per game last season.
On the offensive end of things, only Jakob Silfverberg found the back of the net for Anaheim on Wednesday. That goal came with just seconds left in the game, a reflection of the Ducks’ struggles to get things going all night. Ryan Getzlaf played almost 20 minutes and Corey Perry played almost 18, but they managed just one shot on goal each. The Ducks were 0 for 2 on the power play and allowed two power play goals to the Avalanche in their first game, so they also need to show improvement on special teams. The Wild and Ducks were both playoff teams last season, and Saturday’s matchup should be one worth tuning in for.
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