ANAHEIM - Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry sounded ready to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) while center Rickard Rakell missed practice with illness Saturday.
Perry’s status has been of primary interest after he sustained a scary looking right leg injury in Game 5 of the second round in a collision with Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames. Perry skated for the second straight day and reported progress.
"I feel great," Perry said. "I feel fine on the ice, and everything went well the last couple of days, so I’ve got no issues."
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Rakell was “feeling under the weather” and held him out.
"What we’ve done all year [is] if you’re not feeling well, we don’t want you out with the rest of the guys, so we told him to go home," Boudreau said. "He’s young enough and strong enough that [if] he’s feeling well today he’ll be in the lineup [Sunday]."