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Posted On Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 4:20 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 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 -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 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 -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 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 -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 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 -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 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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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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