ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - For the first time since the Anaheim Ducks raised the Stanley Cup, they're not buried in the standings after the first few games of the season.
They're determined to maintain their fast start when the Ducks finally play the NHL's last home opener on Friday night against Vancouver.
After missing the playoffs last spring for the second time in three years, Anaheim opened this season with two road victories in western Canada before returning home for a few days of practice.
Even two wins are a big change from Anaheim's traditional early stumbles, annually putting the Ducks in a daunting hole.
The Ducks have lived up to their talent this year. They're also getting a surprising boost from new forward Daniel Winnik, tied for the NHL lead with four goals.
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