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Lydman to miss game vs. Jokerit

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 8:41 AM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / Ducks fly to Scandinavia

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Lydman to miss game vs. Jokerit
HELSINKI -- Toni Lydman will not play Tuesday for the Anaheim Ducks in today's preseason game against local club Jokerit as he continues the rehab process after offseason shoulder surgery.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle had Lydman in a light-blue "no contact" jersey during practice Monday, and ruled him out Tuesday morning after the team skated at Hartwall Areena. Lydman still could play here Friday in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere game against the Buffalo Sabres (1 p.m. ET, TSN2) or Saturday's Premiere game in Stockholm against the New York Rangers (1 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN).

Forward Matt Beleskey, who also had shoulder surgery in the offseason, will play against Jokerit, according to Carlyle. The Ducks have five forwards on their "fourth" line, and it is possible all five will dress. Jokerit is going to dress 22 players (20 skaters and two goalies), so the Ducks likely will do so as well.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster's status for the game had not yet been determined when Carlyle met with the media after the morning skate. Carlyle said he'd like to get him into a preseason game, but also was a bit worried about his recovery time when he fell to the ice a couple of times this week in practice. Foster had surgery two weeks ago to repair a wire attached to the metal plate in his leg, which was put in there after he broke it two years ago while with Minnesota.

Sheldon Brookbank and Nate Guenin will be the team's third defensive pairing if Foster joins Lydman as a spectator Tuesday.

Carlyle would not reveal who his starting goaltender would be for today's game.

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