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Posted On Monday, 12.22.2014 / 3:58 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- It first appeared that Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry might play Monday against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Perry took his usual spot on the top line during line rushes.

But Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated it would be wise for Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin to use the holiday break to further heal a sprained knee and broken finger, respectively. The Ducks won’t play again until Saturday.

Perry and Beauchemin stayed out for extra work after the regulars left the ice.

"I don’t think they'll be playing tonight," Boudreau said. "But obviously they're getting closer. They're skating full right now. We don't play for four days after tonight. It seems like it would be silly when you've got four other days to rest to not give them that opportunity to heal."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 4:21 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Kings have worked through slumps the past three regular seasons but this latest is disconcerting on several fronts.

The Kings are 1-3-1 in their past five games and have scored eight goals in their past five regulation/shootout losses going into Thursday against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center. Los Angeles uncharacteristically allowed five unanswered goals to St. Louis on Tuesday, and defenseman Drew Doughty tried to put a finger on their issues.

"I don't know what it is," Doughty said. "We need more consistency from all of our players. Some guys show up one night, and then they don't the other. We need everyone to show up every single night. That's how we're going to win games. We need our top players to play their best and outplay their top players, and we need our other role guys to outplay their role guys."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:10 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The recent uptick in production for right wing Jakob Silfverberg is coming at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.

Silfverberg brings a two-game goal-scoring streak and four-game point streak into Wednesday, when the Ducks play the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. It will be Anaheim’s seventh game without right wing Corey Perry, their leading goal scorer and second-leading point producer, who is out three to four weeks with a sprained knee.

Silfverberg had one goal in his first 27 games, although the opportunities were there.

"I feel like the last month I've been having a lot of good chances," Silfverberg said. "I've been working really hard and the last couple of games it's been paying off and that's nice. But over the course of the last 15 games I feel like I've played really good."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 3:37 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- One defenseman goes out and another comes in for the injury-plagued Anaheim Ducks, who are expected to have defenseman Clayton Stoner to the lineup Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center.

Stoner missed five games because of the mumps but has gotten his strength back. He participated in the morning skate and took line rushes with defenseman Sami Vatanen.

"The plan is to be in the lineup tonight," Stoner said. "I felt better today and ready to go."

Stoner's return is timely because defenseman Eric Brewer will miss the next four to six weeks because of a broken bone in his foot. Brewer was acquired Nov. 28 from the Tampa Bay Lightning to help Anaheim's depleted defense but was injured in his second game when he blocked a shot.

The Ducks already are without defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Francois Beauchemin, on top of injuries to goalies John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 2:21 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Bryzgalov joins Ducks on tryout; LaBarbera out

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday announced goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov would be joining the Ducks on a tryout after an injury to goalie Jason LaBarbera.

Bryzgalov, 34, is expected to report to Anaheim sometime Wednesday to see the Ducks doctor, an Anaheim spokesman said.

Bryzgalov began his NHL career with the Ducks. A second-round pick (No. 44) in the 2000 NHL Draft, Bryzgalov went 26-23-8 with the Ducks from 2001-07. He was the backup goalie when Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007. He shares the Ducks record with Jean-Sebastien Giguere with three straight shutouts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2006.

He split last season with the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild, and played nine games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Wild.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 4:20 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There appeared to be a full complement of available players for the Los Angeles Kings at the morning skate Tuesday. Defenseman Alec Martinez and right wing Marian Gaborik participated, although neither is expected to be in the lineup when the Kings play the Boston Bruins at Staples Center.

Martinez (finger) and Gaborik (upper body) did not take part in line rushes and Gaborik stayed out with the extras.

Sutter mixed his lines and put centers Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter together with Tanner Pearson at left wing. Kopitar has gone five games without a point and Carter has one goal in nine games.

"We're trying to find ways to get that other half-a-goal a game and even our goals-for is better than it was at any time other than the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs last year," Sutter said. "We mixed and matched all through the playoffs and we'll mix and match again. We're just trying to find another half goal."

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Posted On Monday, 12.01.2014 / 3:39 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks' already thin defense still is without defenseman Clayton Stoner, and goalie Jason LaBarbera also will sit out Monday against the Boston Bruins at Honda Center because of an upper-body injury.

Goalie Igor Bobkov was recalled and will serve as backup to goalie Frederik Andersen, who likely would have started anyway.

Stoner has been skating but is not ready to return after a case of the mumps.

"It took more out of me than I thought," Stoner said. "I'm just taking it day-by-day, trying get some energy back … hopefully [I can return] Wednesday, but no guarantees."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 2:00 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes were not expected to skate Sunday before their game at Honda Center.

The Ducks are coming off a two-day break and it is not known if left wing Rene Bourque will make his Anaheim debut after he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Bryan Allen on Thursday. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday that he wasn't certain if Bourque would play Sunday or Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.

Despite a plethora of capable forwards, Ducks general manager Bob Murray hasn't been pleased with an offense that ranks 17th in goals per game (2.62). He acquired Bourque, a former 20-goal scorer, to possibly add a spark. It would be his first NHL game since Nov. 4.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 4:00 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For a team that has averaged nearly four goals for the past five games, the Los Angeles Kings are slightly concerned. Coach Darryl Sutter wants more production from his top players and needs them to take pressure off their six available defensemen.

Going into Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center, left wing Tanner Pearson has one point and no goals in 11 games. Captain Dustin Brown has three goals in 19 games. Center Mike Richards has two goals and is a minus-5 in 19 games.

Pearson didn't know if he was in the lineup Thursday. The Kings did not have full participation and most players came off the ice at the same time. But Pearson is aware he's hit a valley.

"I just kind of got away from my game a little bit," Pearson said. "My game is a lot of forecheck and winning battles, and when I'm not winning those battles, I'm really not being productive. I've got to get back to that and do it tonight."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 8:11 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Ducks forwards Perry, Palmieri activated from IR

ANAHEIM – Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry and left wing Kyle Palmieri were activated from injured reserve Sunday.

Each returned to the Ducks lineup against the Florida Panthers at Honda Center.

Anaheim put right wing Devante Smith-Pelly on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and scratched Tim Jackman because of stomach flu.

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