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Posted On Wednesday, 01.07.2015 / 2:54 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will make his second start for the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday against the New York Rangers at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

Bryzgalov has needed practice to get up to speed since he signed as a free agent Dec. 9. He has made two appearances since he signed with the Ducks: in relief against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 16, and a 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Dec.19 in his only start.

“We used that time to get myself [ready] as much as possible and good physical shape,” Bryzgalov said.

"The game is a little bit different because it’s a different pace.”

Posted On Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 2:03 PM

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

At the Rink: Predators at Ducks

The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks were not expected to skate Sunday before they played at Honda Center.

Nashville comes off a wild 7-6 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in which it blew a 6-3 lead with 2:01 remaining in regulation before defenseman Roman Josi won it 18 seconds into overtime.

The Predators will complete a difficult Southern California back-to-back in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Josi said Saturday that it was a good lesson to learn going into Sunday.

"I think it's the same with Anaheim," Josi said. "They play a tough game. They're really skilled offensively. We've just got to play like we did in the beginning [Saturday], play in their end, try and forecheck hard and make them turn the puck over."

Posted On Friday, 01.02.2015 / 4:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Blues at Ducks

ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues are expected to get key pieces back in their respective lineups when they play Friday at Honda Center.

Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri said he is ready to return from a shoulder injury and Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson said he is ready after he missed nine games with a concussion.

Palmieri took line rushes with left wing Matt Beleskey and center Ryan Kesler. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Palmieri is a game-time decision but Palmieri indicated he was available after he missed the previous six games because of a hit by Peter Holland of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It's been a rough go for Palmieri, who also missed the first 18 games of the season with a high ankle sprain.

"You train all summer to try to get your body ready for the season, and I've obviously had a couple of tough breaks here early on, and right now I'm just looking forward to being healthy again and being back in the lineup," Palmieri said.

Posted On Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 2:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Ducks

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks were not expected to skate before they played Wednesday at Honda Center.

Anaheim could get right wing Corey Perry back from a knee injury. Perry reportedly skated on the top line in practice Tuesday and told reporters he would make a decision Wednesday morning. He has missed the past 10 games. The Ducks sent forward Max Friberg to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to open a roster space.

Perry’s return would be welcome for Anaheim's offense. The Ducks enter play Wednesday 16th in goals per game, and their 23rd-ranked power play is on a 0-for-16 drought in its past six games.

Posted On Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 2:47 PM

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

At the Rink: Canucks at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks were not expected to skate before they played at Honda Center on Sunday.

Anaheim remains without forward Corey Perry, who missed his ninth-straight game Saturday because of a sprained knee. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters that he is not expected to play. Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin did return from a broken finger, which gave them their regular defense for the first time since the beginning of the season.

Posted On Saturday, 12.27.2014 / 4:04 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings came back from the Christmas break refreshed and with one thing left on their wish list: consistency.

The Kings have been dogged by stretches of poor play, having given up four or more goals eight times in the past 15 games.

That has left them on the edge of the Stanley Cup Playoff picture, and their attempt to straighten themselves out begins Saturday against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center.

"We want to get back into a more secure playoff spot," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We want to get into top-two in our division. It's not going to happen overnight. We want to win a lot of games in a row. So that's what we're looking to do -- get as many wins as we can here in these five-game segments we play. We want to win every one if we can, especially big games like tonight against San Jose, we need to get these wins because they're bigger than a normal two-point game."

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."

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."

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."

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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