October 8th 1993, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would take to the ice for the first time in regular season to open up their first NHL campaign in Franchise history facing off against the Detroit Redwings. Fast forward to October 8th 2018, the Anahiem Ducks are once more face to face with the Detroit Redwings as they celebrate the 25 year milestone.
There was a lot to be nervous about in the home opener against the Red wings.
A team plagued by injury and having to rely on its rookies to bolster up it’s roster had possibly the biggest nail it could take with the loss to Captain Getzlaf due to a lower body injury sustained in their first regular season meeting with the Arizona Coyotes, though it may not be as severe and the Ducks captain sitting out may just be a precaution to prevent further injury taking him out long term.
The loss of Corey Perry during the pre-season camp was a big blow the sons of Anaheim did not need going in to their 25th year in the NHL. Add Kesler, Eaves and Ondrej Kase and we have an almost skeleton looking Duck.
However, luck has been on the side of Anaheim with two road wins against the Sharks and Coyotes and the kids have proved they are the future with Kiefer Sherwood getting two assists in 3 games and most notably Max Comtois, who is making a very strong case to extend his stay with the Ducks past the 9 speculated games he would participate in. Netting 2 goals and getting himself 1 assist in 3 games. With the events of the Getzlaf injury, it has presented an opportunity for Carlyle to give the 2018 Round 1 pick in the NHL draft, Isac Lundeström his NHL debut.
Period 1 would see the Red wings take the lead with a goal from Tyler Bertuzzi in the only successful attempt of the period, his second goal of the season for the Wings.
The Ducks would bring the game back to equal level with a goal from Hampus Lindholm in Period 2 getting his first of the season with an assist from Andrew Cogliano and rookie Kiefer Sherwood, but it would not be long before the Redwings would find the back of the Ducks net once more with a goal from Darren Helm from the assist from Danny DeKeyser and Jimmy Howard, Helm’s first of the season putting the Wings back in front.
8 minutes and 29 seconds in to Period 3, the Ducks would bring it back to level once more with pass from Comtois to Henrique with his attempt being blocked. Jakob Silfverberg would come in to finish the job with a lucky bounce to get his first in regular season and take the Ducks in to overtime with Gibson closing the net off for the Red wings.
OT would go to a no contest taking the game in to a shootout and would see the Ducks 2015 Round 5 pick of the NHL Draft, Troy Terry take his first shoot out attempt in a Ducks jersey. Terry’s attempt would find the net and Gibson keeping the Ducks door closed would seal the victory for the Anaheim Ducks taking their 2018-19 season record to 3-0-0.
The Ducks have been running on lucky juice and under the circumstances that are faced, no one will be complaining about the wins but it may be time for the organisation to work extremely hard on getting assets in that will help the Ducks when the luck will inevitably run out. I heard a certain Swede may be an option.