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Flu bug continues to leave Ducks in tough spot

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 1:32 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Flu bug continues to leave Ducks in tough spot

RALEIGH -- The Anaheim Ducks are fighting through a bout with the flu.

One day after a 5-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ducks had a light showing at their optional morning skate prior to their game Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin and forward Corey Perry made brief appearances on the ice, while Teemu Selanne, Mathieu Perreault and Bryan Allen stayed at the team hotel.

"There's a lot of game-time decisions," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There's three more guys sick who stayed back so we don't know what's going on. We might be short."

Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who missed 13 games with a lower-body injury, may start in goal against Carolina. He was in the visitor's net for the morning skate.

Carolina forward Radek Dvorak will sit out the game with a lower-body injury. Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will take the opportunity to dress Mike Komisarek as a seventh defenseman. Komisarek has appeared in three games this season.

With all the Ducks' question marks, it's impossible to guess what their lineup could look like. Here is the likely starting lineup for the Hurricanes:

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer

Chris Terry - Riley Nash - Tuomo Ruutu

Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra

Justin Faulk - Andrej Sekera

Brett Bellemore - Ron Hainsey

Ryan Murphy - Jay Harrison

Mike Komisarek

Justin Peters

Mike Murphy

Injured: Tim Gleason (upper body), Cam Ward (lower body), Anton Khudobin (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body), Radek Dvorak (lower body)

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