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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 3:36 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks coach Boudreau eyes line changes for Game 7

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could be trying out some new wrinkles in his bottom-six forward group for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Right wing Kyle Palmieri was moved from the third line and replaced by right wing Jiri Sekac in line rushes Friday. The fourth line was Palmieri, left wing Tomas Fleischmann and center Rickard Rakell.

"I wanted to see it in practice today," Boudreau said. "We tried that a little bit. I wanted to make sure that if that's the route we're going to go, then I wanted to see if they at least had sort of some good chemistry together. We talked about it and we'll talk about it again [Saturday] morning. By no means are those set in stone, those lines today."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:54 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks forward Palmieri shows willingness to shoot

ANAHEIM -- The number was so unusual that Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri almost shook his head and laughed when asked about it.

Palmieri directed 17 shots on net in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday. Eight were on net and nine missed. It came in a 3-2 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the longest game at Honda Center and the second-longest in Ducks history.

The next closest player on either team in combined shots/missed shots was Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf's 12.

"I guess if you look at it, [I] almost played two full games," Palmieri said. "Our line was generating a lot. I thought both goalies played an incredible game."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 4:02 AM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks' Andersen makes 53 saves in Game 2 loss

ANAHEIM -- Frederik Andersen emerged in the hallway outside the Anaheim Ducks locker room nearly an hour after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final had ended.

The second-year goalie understandably spent more time than usual hydrating and getting treatment but exhibited his usual calm after making a career-high 53 saves in a 3-2 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center.

Andersen couldn't remember playing a longer game. Ever.

"I'm not sure," Andersen said. "I think this is by far. I don't think I've ever gone to a second OT, actually."


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Posted On Monday, 05.18.2015 / 3:34 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks' Kesler misses practice for maintenance day

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler sat out practice Monday to rest, coach Bruce Boudreau said.

He was the only player absent from Ducks practice.

"Just the old maintenance day," Boudreau said.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 3:22 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks' Perry in lineup for Game 1 vs. Blackhawks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, center Rickard Rakell and left wing Jiri Sekac are in the lineup for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at Honda Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Perry is recovering from an undisclosed right-leg injury from Game 5 of the second round, and Rakell missed practice Saturday because of an illness. Perry skated on the top line with left wing Patrick Maroon and center Ryan Getzlaf in warmups while Rakell was with Sekac and right wing Emerson Etem on a new-look fourth line.


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Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 4:08 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks' Perry ready for Game 1; Rakell misses practice

ANAHEIM - Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry sounded ready to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) while center Rickard Rakell missed practice with illness Saturday.

Perry’s status has been of primary interest after he sustained a scary looking right leg injury in Game 5 of the second round in a collision with Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames. Perry skated for the second straight day and reported progress.

"I feel great," Perry said. "I feel fine on the ice, and everything went well the last couple of days, so I’ve got no issues."

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Rakell was “feeling under the weather” and held him out.

"What we’ve done all year [is] if you’re not feeling well, we don’t want you out with the rest of the guys, so we told him to go home," Boudreau said. "He’s young enough and strong enough that [if] he’s feeling well today he’ll be in the lineup [Sunday]."

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 6:36 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Boudreau may change Ducks' fourth line for Game 1

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he is considering changes to the fourth line for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Ducks Left wing Jiri Sekac skated with center Rickard Rakell and right wing Emerson Etem in practice Friday; left wing Tomas Fleischmann was with center Chris Wagner and right wing Tim Jackman.

"I’m just trying to get some combinations together," Boudreau said. "Even the [Wagner line], that looks like a good line to me too. So I could think either one could be used in different situations or parts thereof, of the six guys."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:43 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks forward Perry misses another practice

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry missed a second straight practice Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau again said he expects the right wing will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Like I'd said [Tuesday], we had six days off; there's no sense rushing him," Boudreau said. "I'm pretty sure he'll be on the ice [Friday]."

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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 4:32 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks forward Perry feeling OK after Game 5 injury

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry is OK after a right leg injury sustained Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday.

"He's fine," Boudreau said. "He's obviously a little sore but no worse for wear."

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Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 4:17 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames expect Ferland, Hudler back for Game 2

ANAHEIM -- The Calgary Flames are expected to return left wing Micheal Ferland to their lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA, SN).

Coach Bob Hartley said "everyone's a game-time decision" but indicated Ferland and right wing Jiri Hudler will go back in after they sustained undisclosed injuries in Game 1.

"We told you that we expected them to play, and they will probably play," Hartley said.

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