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Ducks juggle line combinations for Game 4

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 9:30 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / Ducks-Kings series blog

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Ducks juggle line combinations for Game 4

LOS ANGELES -- Devante Smith-Pelly will take another turn at top-line left wing for the Anaheim Ducks to start Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Smith-Pelly took line rushes with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry in warm-ups at Staples Center. Smith-Pelly played with Getzlaf, a Hart Trophy finalist, and 2011 Hart winner Perry briefly earlier this season and had chemistry with the two. He has two goals with a plus-1 rating in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

With center Mathieu Perreault and left wing Matt Beleskey each sidelined by a lower-body injury, the Ducks shuffled their other lines. Center Nick Bonino was with right wing Teemu Selanne and left wing Patrick Maroon, and Rickard Rakell centered left wing Daniel Winnik and right wing Kyle Palmieri in warm-ups.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau often changes on the fly and reiterated Saturday morning that he would mix up his line combinations again if the Ducks start poorly.

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