ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks may look a bit different when they take the ice against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
It appears that veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann will replace Emerson Etem in the lineup for the second time during the series. Etem played in the first four games but was taken out for Fleischmann in Game 5. Etem returned to the lineup in Game 6, a 5-2 loss in Chicago.
Now Fleischmann is back in as coach Bruce Boudreau will opt for an experienced player he trusts. Boudreau and Fleischmann have a relationship that dates to the 2005-06 season when Fleischmann played for Boudreau with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League during the 2005-06 season. That spring Fleischmann had 11 goals and 32 points in 20 games to help the Bears to the 2006 Calder Cup championship
"I just think an experienced guy, he's been through these wars, he's played in Game 7s, he's been in championship games," Boudreau said of Fleischmann, who has one assist in five games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "Like I said, when I was with Hershey, it was a while ago but he was the MVP in the playoffs. So he knows what to do in these situations."