Greetings from Dallas, where the Ducks open the 2016-17 season Thursday night against the Stars. John Gibson was the first goaltender off the ice at the Ducks’ morning skate, usually an indication of who the starter will be.
But Randy Carlyle, like most coaches, wouldn’t confirm the identity of his starter. He advised getting the answer by being at American Airlines Center for the warmups, which is like Kings Coach Darryl Sutter’s standard line, “Be there for the song,” meaning the national anthem.
Antti Niemi is expected to start for Dallas.
Carlyle, back for a second stint as the Ducks’ coach, said he wasn’t feeling...