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Saturday, October 5th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (0-1-0) at Minnesota Wild (0-0-1), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to rebound from a lopsided loss in their season opener when they visit the Minnesota Wild in Saturday's clash at Xcel Energy Center.

The Ducks began their season Wednesday night in Colorado and were slammed 6-1 by the Avalanche. However, the game most likely will be remembered for being the NHL head coaching debut of Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy.

It was quite a debut for Roy, who got into a shouting match with Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau after he felt Anaheim's Ben Lovejoy delivered a knee-on- knee hit to Nathan MacKinnon. Roy nearly toppled over the glass partition separating the clubs and was called "classless" by Boudreau as he accused Roy of yapping at his players.

Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL on Thursday, but disputed Boudreau's claims as to what happened.

Anaheim, which won the Pacific Division title last season, allowed the Avalanche to score the game's first six goals before Jakob Silfverberg spoiled the shutout bid with seven seconds left in the third period.

Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth allowed all six goals in the setback and Jonas Hiller is expected to get the start in Saturday's contest.

"The tone tonight was set in the second. We had our few chances on the power play and we were pressing hard in the first. Now we have to get up tomorrow and get a good practice in. We had a lot breakdowns in the defensive zone. Things happened tonight that should not happen," said Fasth.

Anaheim is opening the season on a three-game road trip and will complete that swing Sunday in Winnipeg. Following tomorrow's game against the Jets, the Ducks will head to Southern California for a five-game homestand.

Ducks forward Teemu Selanne is not expected to play in tonight's game as Boudreau will rest the 43-year-old in the first half of back-to-back games. Selanne should return for Sunday's game in Winnipeg, where he began his NHL career in 1992.

The Wild also lost their first game of the season, but Minnesota was able to record a point in Thursday's shootout loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Jeff Carter tied the game late in the third period and beat Niklas Backstrom again in the shootout to lift the Kings to a 3-2 win in St. Paul.

For the Wild, it was their first ever loss in a home opener. Minnesota is now 11-0-1 with a tie all-time in home openers.

Matt Cooke scored 64 seconds into his Wild debut and Jonas Brodin also had a goal in the loss. Backstrom gave up two goals on 18 shots, including Carter's backhand try on a rebound with 6:46 left in regulation.

"I think we played pretty good," Cooke said. "I think we're happy, obviously not content, but maybe a few areas we can clean up."

Anaheim won all three meetings against the Wild last season and has taken four straight in this series overall. The Ducks also have claimed the last three encounters in St. Paul after losing their previous five tests at Xcel Energy Center.

10/05 10:35:58 ET

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Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 41
UNC 51
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
4th
TOR 64
DAL 71
 
4th
DET 80
MIL 98
 
4th
ATL 90
NOP 80
 
3rd
HOU 57
LAC 71
 
3rd
OKC 67
NYK 40
 
3rd
IND 64
ORL 55
 
2nd
SAN 56
SAC 51
 
2nd
DEN 33
PHO 22
 
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
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PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
 
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
Final
CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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SYR 72
HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 61
TENST 56
 
2nd
MARS 47
CLST 49
 
2nd
JST 41
HOF 66
 
2nd
INDST 40
MEM 50
 
2nd
UF 41
UNC 51
 
2nd
LATU 53
SAMF 37
 
2nd
TULA 64
SELA 52
 
2nd
NEB 62
TENNM 53
 
Half
MISS 31
CREI 37
 
2nd
PORT 35
MURST 34
 
1st
MARQ 18
MSU 17
 
1st
ARK 28
UNT 26
 
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NCOL 27
STET 16
 
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IND 27
UNCG 14
 
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SJST 16
WMICH 25
 
1st
MNTST 29
TXARL 19
 
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BAY
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UAB
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WASH
LBSU
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UCSB
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PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
3rd
NJD 4
DET 4
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
Final
CLB 0
VAN 5
 
2nd Intermission
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
3rd
FLA 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
MIN 2