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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 3:56 PM

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

Bertuzzi in Game 2 lineup for Red Wings

ANAHEIM -- Deep in the recesses of the Detroit Red Wings locker room, a player could be heard playfully singing out Todd Bertuzzi's name, presumably summoning Bertuzzi to the throng of media waiting.

Bertuzzi is ready for his close-up.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock confirmed at the morning skate Thursday that Bertuzzi, 38, will return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 6:01 PM

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

Babcock mum about Detroit lineup changes

ANAHEIM -- The Detroit Red Wings had an off-ice workout Wednesday and coach Mike Babcock said he hadn’t decided if he would make lineup changes for Game 2.

Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson are available but Babcock threw cold water on the idea of bringing the forwards in even though they have Stanley Cup Playoff experience.

"I think it’s great to have veterans that are ready to go," Babock said. "I've just been around the game a long time and understand that when a guy misses training camp … why is he not very good? Because he missed training camp.

"I haven’t spent a whole lot of time feeding my family on hope. It’s know. So sleep on it more tonight and decide."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 5:55 PM

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

Ducks' Bonino thrilled to be back for playoffs

ANAHEIM -- Nick Bonino admits he's a little over-the-top with his goal celebrations.

"I always get a hard time for this, but every goal I score I celebrate like I’ve never scored before," said Bonino, who scored the first Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. "Honestly, I get so happy. I guess the playoffs amps it up a little bit. I didn’t really know where to go. I just sort of skated as fast as I could somewhere and I ended up into the glass. I like that corner, apparently."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 5:47 PM

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

Koivu line provides shutdown trio for Ducks

ANAHEIM Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is not typically a matchup coach. He generally prefers to mix and match as needed. But that philosophy changed, at least for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Why?

"Once we found out who we were playing [it changed]," Boudreau said.

Boudreau used his Daniel Winnik-Saku Koivu-Andrew Cogliano line against Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader, holding Detroit's top trio to four shots through 40 minutes. It finished with 12, but Datsyuk and Zetterberg each were a minus-1 in a 3-1 loss.

Noted Ducks killer Datsyuk had one shot on goal in 20:46 minutes of ice time.

"I feel like when you’re in battles with them, they’re so strong you have to do your best in winning them," Cogliano said. "I feel like every battle I won against those guys last night, it took everything out of me just because they’re so strong. Your best defense is the offense and forecheck. I feel like we did a good job forechecking them."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 3:37 PM

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

Beauchemin-Souray pairing split for Game 1

ANAHEIM -- Sheldon Souray and Francois Beauchemin were arguably the most effective defensive pairing in the NHL this season. They are a combined plus-38 and accounted for 13 of the 17 goals scored by Anaheim Ducks defensemen.

That's what makes it difficult to understand why coach Bruce Boudreau would split up the pair for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that appears to be the case; Souray continued Tuesday to work with Ben Lovejoy while Beauchemin was with Cam Fowler.

Boudreau switched the pair a couple of practices ago but wouldn't say why, although there is some thought that one of them needs to be with a fast skater like Fowler to counter the Detroit Red Wings' skilled forwards.

"I'm not going to speculate or say why I'm doing things at this stage, but whatever we do there's a reason," Boudreau said Monday. "We're just not throwing names in a hat and pulling them out. We have a thought process that goes into everything. Trial and error, and you hope it works."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 2:44 PM

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

Boudreau has two goalies, and isn't afraid to use both

ANAHEIM -- The common thinking is that a team needs to ride one goalie to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But Bruce Boudreau's experience is not common.

Boudreau switched between Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov when he was coach of the Washington Capitals. In Boudreau's second season with the Anaheim Ducks, he has the option of Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth.

Hiller will get the start for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings, although Boudreau coyly said, "I haven't stated that I'm going with Hiller yet" at the Tuesday morning skate.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 2:32 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

With Greene sidelined, Kings turn to Ellerby

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings are already without captain Dustin Brown for their regular-season finale; now they will be without Matt Greene.

Greene has not skated with the team the past two days because of an undisclosed injury from Wednesday that is not related to his previous back surgery, coach Darryl Sutter said. Keaton Ellerby took Greene's place in the morning skate Saturday and will fill in when the Kings play a pivotal game against the San Jose Sharks.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings happy to be in, but know work remains

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For a team that barely squeaked into the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the Los Angeles Kings weren't really breathing a big sigh of relief Sunday.

Los Angeles clinched a berth when the Detroit Red Wings lost Saturday night, but they have bigger fish to fry as it sits fourth in the Western Conference standings going into a game against the Dallas Stars on Sunday (9 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

"It's always nice when that 'X' appears in front of your team's name," Anze Kopitar said. "But we have some other business to take care of. We're shooting for home ice. That's been the goal for the last two weeks, and we're going to stick to it."

The defending Cup champions know last season was a historical anomaly. They were the first eighth seed to win the Cup, having started all four postseason series in another city.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 2:54 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings activate Greene off injured reserve

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It appears the Los Angeles Kings will get defenseman Matt Greene back into the lineup sooner than expected.

Greene was activated from injured reserve Thursday morning and is available to play his first game since he injured his back in the season opener Jan. 19. Coach Darryl Sutter was not available to reporters, but Greene said he was good to go against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"You got to play," Greene said. "You got to play some time, you know? Playoffs are every other day. Obviously you've got to play some games to try and get ready and see if I can handle it."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 3:56 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Ducks, Blue Jackets each short a defenseman

ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets each will be missing a piece of their defense Wednesday night.

Luca Sbisa will sit out with what Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau referred to as general soreness, and Columbus' Adrian Aucoin has a lower-body injury.

Sbisa appeared on the ice briefly at the morning skate then ducked back inside.

"He tried it and he said, 'Not tonight,'" Boudreau said.

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Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp