Anaheim Ducks (1-2-1, 3 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-0, 0 pts)
The Pens didn't get off to a good start last night in Carolina.
The Ducks have had a poor start to their season, splitting with the Kings in the UK and losing in Detroit and Columbus. They get to be another team's home opener for the third time tonight.
Columbus provided a blueprint for how to beat the Ducks. The Blue Jackets jumped all over the Ducks in the first period, out shooting them 16-5 and left the first with a 2-0 lead that they never gave up. The Ducks were tired, and I don't see that getting any better tonight.
The Pens need better goal tending and more consistent offensive pressure. They also need more desperation early in the game. We didn't see that from them last night until the third period. The Ducks are weary, so if the Pens can come out with the same intensity the ended last night's game with, they should come out with a victory.
Ducks blog - check out Battle of California. They're the only one I could find with a preview of tonight's game. They also don't like the Pens because we beat them out for the magic ball that let us draft Sidney Crosby.
Let's Go Pens!