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Ducks put Ryan back with Perry, Getzlaf

Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 3:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Ducks put Ryan back with Perry, Getzlaf

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks did not do line rushes at their morning skate Wednesday, but coach Bruce Boudreau on Tuesday had Bobby Ryan back on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Boudreau has used Matt Beleskey, Kyle Palmieri, Daniel Winnik and Emerson Etem in that top-line left-wing spot in what has been a myriad of combinations on almost all four lines.

"We've got to kind of be prepared for everything and he made us well aware of that going into the season," Getzlaf said. "Bruce is a communicator. He lets us know everything that's going on and he doesn't like to keep things one general way."

Ryan obviously is more than familiar with Getzlaf and Perry considering they formed one of the most potent lines in the League the past few seasons.

"By now we've played with everybody," Getzlaf said. "Generally we play a puck-possession game, so everybody who steps on our line knows that. They've got to come in and work, and we've got to try and work with them."

Here is how the Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes could match up when they meet Wednesday:


Mikkel Boedker - Martin Hanzal - Steve Sullivan

Matthew Lombardi - Kyle Chipchura - Shane Doan

Lauri Korpikoski - Antoine Vermette - David Moss

Raffi Torres - Boyd Gordon - Nick Johnson

Keith Yandle - Michael Stone

Zbynek Michalek - Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Rostislav Klesla - Derek Morris

Jason LaBarbera

Mike Smith

Scratched: David Rundblad, Paul Bissonnette

Injured: Radim Vrbata (upper body)

Note: LaBarbera was first off the ice and will make his first start since Jan. 26.

"The hard part is trying to keep your emotions in check the whole day and not wear yourself out because you are excited and you are anxious and you just want to go out there and play," he said. "But I've felt good in practice the past month. It's just a matter of going out there and doing what you're supposed to do."


Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Brandon McMillan - Peter Holland - Emerson Etem

Sheldon Souray - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Luca Sbisa

Toni Lydman - Ben Lovejoy

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Injured: Kyle Palmieri (upper body)

Scratched: Brad Staubitz, Bryan Allen

Note: Hiller was off the ice first. It would be his second consecutive crack at Phoenix after he stopped 36 of 40 shots and three of five shootout attempts Saturday.

Palmieri did not skate but Boudreau said he is getting closer to returning from an upper-body injury sustained last Saturday. Palmieri was hit by Raffi Torres and Boudreau told reporters this week that it is not a head injury.

"He was doing really good today," Boudreau said. "It's a day at a time. It would not surprise me at all, quite frankly, if he was on the ice in the next day or two."

Quote of the Day

I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday