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Posted On Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 7:37 PM

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

At the Rink: Panthers at Ducks

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was on the ice for warmups prior to the game Sunday at Honda Center against the Florida Panthers.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday that Perry would be a game-time decision after he was cleared from the mumps, which kept him out for five games.

"This is me talking, but we'll see," Boudreau said after the game. "He'll probably come to the [optional] morning skate … and then we'll make a decision."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 3:54 PM

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

Ducks forward Smith-Pelly out with upper-body injury

LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Devante Smith-Pelly will miss the game Saturday with an upper-body injury, the team announced just before it played the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Smith-Pelly reportedly had soreness. He had been skating on the top line with captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was with right wing Emerson Etem and left wing Patrick Maroon in pregame warm-ups. The Ducks recalled forward Chris Wagner, who skated on the fourth line with center Nate Thompson and right wing Tim Jackman.

Anaheim remains without right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who are recovering from mumps.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 3:39 PM

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

At the Rink: Kings at Ducks

ANAHEIM – The ailing Anaheim Ducks still don't have right wing Corey Perry or defenseman Francois Beauchemin, but they will get back defenseman Cam Fowler on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center.

"He's going to play," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I haven't heard anything different that he's not going to play."

Perry, who led the NHL with 11 goals, and Beauchemin have viral gland infections and Boudreau said he is waiting blood tests on both. Perry's absence is noticeable offensively because is Anaheim has scored five goals in three games and is 0-0-3 without him. Boudreau shuffled his lines and put left wing Emerson Etem on the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and Devante Smith-Pelly.

"Offensively, some of the combinations haven't been working," Boudreau said. "We haven't been scoring. So sometimes you shuffle the deck. Emerson's been an offensive guy in the past, and let's see if he can't do it playing with arguably the best passer in the League."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.09.2014 / 4:58 PM

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

At the Rink: Canucks at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks have several question marks in their lineup going into Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center. But one thing for sure is that Corey Perry, the NHL's co-scoring leader, will miss a third straight game because of flu-like symptoms.

Perry was placed on injured reserve Sunday and is eligible to be activated for the game Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The same illness has affected defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who is questionable and could sit given the bug that has hit Anaheim's locker room. Defenseman Cam Fowler reportedly skated Sunday morning after a lower-body injury forced him out of the game Friday. Boudreau had left open the possibility of Fowler playing.

The Ducks also recalled defenseman Mat Clark from Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Sunday and assigned defenseman Shea Theodore to Seattle of the Western Hockey League.

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Posted On Friday, 11.07.2014 / 3:47 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, the leading goal scorer in the NHL, continues to rest from flu-like symptoms and coach Bruce Boudreau all but ruled him out for Friday against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center.

"I don't think Perry will be around for [Friday]," Boudreau said.

Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf missed the game Wednesday against the New York Islanders with the illness, which has spread in Anaheim's locker room.

Getzlaf did not skate Friday morning but is expected to play. Perry did not report to the arena as the Ducks are being extra careful.

"You never know who else is going to catch it," Boudreau said. "Unless I can see it and say, 'Hey, get away from our team,' it's going to be around. Every team is going to get it. It's just a matter of when."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 3:30 PM

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

At the Rink: Islanders at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams will see his streak of 225 consecutive games end Thursday after coach Darryl Sutter ruled Williams out for the game against the New York Islanders at Staples Center.

Williams has not skated since he was struck near the eye by Brendan Dillon of the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He has blurred vision and swelling, and told reporters Wednesday that there is a little scratch on the cornea. His consecutive games played streak is the longest among current Kings.

"[He'll] get better every day, and when he's ready to play, he'll play," Sutter said.

Right wing Jordan Nolan skated in Williams' place on the top line with center Anze Kopitar and left wing Marian Gaborik. Nolan is coming off a two-game suspension for boarding Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 10:02 PM

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

Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry out vs. Islanders with flu

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry are out Wednesday against the New York Islanders because of flu symptoms, according to the Ducks.

The linemates were ill before the game at Honda Center. Perry came into Wednesday with an NHL-leading 11 goals and was tied for second with four power-play goals. Getzlaf was tied for third in the NHL in assists (11).

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 3:45 PM

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

At the Rink: Islanders at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- It was easy to surmise that Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen would return to the lineup Wednesday against the New York Islanders at Honda Center. Andersen was first off the ice and said he felt fine after leg tightness forced him to miss the previous game. He seemed to indicate he was in but said he would talk later with coach Bruce Boudreau, who wouldn't commit to Andersen or backup goalie Jason LaBarbera for the Ducks' game Wednesday against the New York Islanders.

Andersen did deem himself available after he practiced for the second straight day.

"I'm feeling way better than [Tuesday]," Andersen said. "[I'll] just keep going on and improving every day.

"I've skated twice in five days so … you've got to get back into your rhythm again but I'm sure I'll be [quickly] out there and feeling fine out there. But we'll see when I'll be able to play again."

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Posted On Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 2:49 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks were not expected to skate before their game Sunday at Honda Center.

This is the first of an intriguing five-game run against Stanley Cup Playoff teams from last season for Anaheim, which will go for its eighth straight win. The Ducks matched their franchise-best start at 7-1-0, and a win would equal the 2006-07 Cup-winning team for points (16) through the first nine games of the season.

It's the first matchup this season between the Northern and Southern California rivals.

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Posted On Friday, 10.24.2014 / 3:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- It would seem like a no-brainer for the Anaheim Ducks to keep riding the hot streak of goalie Frederik Andersen, who has won a career-high tying six straight starts. But the Ducks also have to be mindful of not letting goalie John Gibson sit for too long.

The Ducks appear to be addressing the latter because Gibson was first off the ice Friday before Anaheim played the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Gibson has not played since a season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in his hometown on Oct. 9.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, speaking generally, said it's important to keep Gibson sharp.

"You don't want a 21-year-old kid just sitting on the bench all night and not feeling part of it," Boudreau said of Gibson. "Very few teams can go through and just say, 'Hey we've got one goalie. Let's ride the one goalie.' We need both guys playing. We know how good [Gibson] was for us when he played for us last year. He's had one subpar game. Other than that, he works hard in practice. He's had a couple of good games down in the minors to get ready for his next start. We have no fear of using him."

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