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#1 von elaine95 , 13.11.2018 07:27

DALLAS — The Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars know each other well from their days as Pacific Division bunkmates Jordan Schroeder Jersey Womens , but Saturday will mark their first meeting of the 2018-19 regular season.And first-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery knows precisely what to expect in his fourth game behind an NHL bench.“They’re a real good transition team offensively and defensively. They’re a little young right now due to some injuries, but those players are talented and they’re fast,” Montgomery said after practice on Friday.Article continues below ...Dallas (2-1-0, 4 points) started the season with back-to-back home victories over Arizona and Winnipeg, outscoring the Coyotes and Jets by a combined 8-1.However, in Tuesday’s loss to Toronto, the Maple Leafs lit the lamp seven times in a 7-4 victory, leading Montgomery to start shuffling lines, except for his top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov. “I didn’t want to mess with our top line,” Montgomery said. “We thought about it, but they’re just playing too well right now and we’ll wait until they cool down before we probably make a move there.” But the rookie coach’s philosophy when it comes to shuffling lines is a simple one. “We’re looking to see people skate more and people play more aggressively. Have calculated risk to your game and you’ll get rewarded,” Montgomery said. After this game Matt Calvert Jersey Womens , Dallas will hit the road for its first trip of the season, playing at Ottawa on Monday and New Jersey on Tuesday, giving the Stars three games in four nights.However, Montgomery admitted Friday he isn’t too concerned about next week, at least not yet. “I’m not worried about managing three in four. I’m worried about tomorrow (Saturday) night,” he said. The Ducks (3-0-1, 7 points) sit atop the Pacific standings, even after a 3-2 shootout loss to Arizona on Wednesday.And even though Anaheim didn’t get the full two points against the Coyotes, one big positive from that narrow defeat was the season debut of Ryan Kesler, who had been sidelined with a hip injury. Kesler even scored the Ducks’ first goal of the game. “Well, I thought he was fine,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of Kesler postgame. “It’s a long time since he played, and he went through a rigorous rehab over the course of the summer months and into September and training camp. We know what kind of a warrior he is. He’s a committed guy and he does everything he possibly can to complement our entire group.”Anaheim is starting a quick two-game trip that takes the Ducks to Dallas on Saturday and then to St. Louis on Sunday to finish the back-to-back.Last season Cale Makar Jersey Womens , the Ducks took two of the three meetings with the Stars, and Anaheim forward Adam Henrique knows exactly what to expect any time these former division rivals square off.“They play fast; they’re a highly-skilled offensive team,” Henrique said after practice Friday. “I think they play exciting hockey, so I think we have to go in there with the mindset of try to contain those guys.” After five years back home in Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings.The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings on Saturday, choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the NHL.The 35-year-old Kovalchuk scored 816 points in 816 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers and the New Jersey Devils before leaving North America in 2013 for the Kontinental Hockey League’s SKA St. Petersburg. He led the KHL in scoring last season, and he was the MVP of the Olympic tournament in Pyeongchang while propelling the ”Olympic Athletes from Russia” to a gold medal.”He gives us an added element of skill and scoring, along with a desire to win,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said.Boston and San Jose were among the suitors for Kovalchuk, but the Kings made a top-dollar offer to add him to a lineup that could use another dependable goal-scorer. Kovalchuk is likely to be particularly important on the power play for the Kings, who ranked in the middle of the NHL standings in most team scoring categories.Kovalchuk was the first Russian to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft when Atlanta chose him in 2001. He quickly became one of the NHL’s most consistent scorers with his wicked shot and hockey sense. He spent nearly eight years with the Thrashers and 3 seasons with the Devils, who acquired him in a trade in February 2010.Kovalchuk will forever be the top scorer in the history of the Thrashers Riley Nash Jersey Womens , who moved to Winnipeg one season after trading him to New Jersey. He shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer in 2004 with Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla, yet his 41 goals that season were only the fifth-best total during a career in which he posted a pair of 52-goal seasons for the Thrashers.Kovalchuk had little playoff success in his NHL career until 2012, when he reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Devils after leading the Eastern Conference playoffs in scoring. New Jersey lost the Final in six games to the Kings, with Kovalchuk scoring only one empty-net goal in the series.The Kings and Kovalchuk have had mutual interest for many years. Los Angeles pursued him in free agency in 2010 before Kovalchuk got a massive contract to stay with the Devils.Just three seasons into a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey, Kovalchuk abruptly left the NHL for St. Petersburg amid complaints about North American taxes and the distance from his family. Kovalchuk and his wife have four children.He won two KHL championships with St. Petersburg, and he scored 141 points in 113 games over the past two seasons against the KHL’s lesser competition. Kovalchuk became a five-time Olympian in February, when he scored five goals in six games for the Russians in the watered-down Pyeongchang tournament, which included no current NHL players.—

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