Maybe shortened seasons aren't so bad after all. After defeating the Minnesota Wild 3-1, the Ducks are now 4-1-1 to start the season. Historically, Anaheim is a slow starter and picks up speed in the second half of the season. This time, instead of having to play catch up, the Ducks are doing just fine holding their own and improving.
Coach Bruce Boudreau is unafraid to shake up his line combinations. While the first and third lines have been productive, the second line was not doing as much. So put Bobby Ryan at center (an experiment that had been attempted before with not much success) and settle Teemu Selanne and Kyle Palmieri on the wings.
Palmieri had two of the Ducks goals (an appropriate way to celebrate your 22nd birthday). Ryan had the insurance marker. And that old Finnish Flash? He has now been dubbed the Finnish Facilitator with three assists.
"Me and Bobby both had basically tap-ins and they were all because of Teemu's pass...