ANAHEIM, Calif. --
Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman
will be a game-time decision because of an upper-body injury that has kept him out of the past two games, said Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau
Lydman fought through the end of last season with a shoulder injury that needed surgery. He said, "I wasn't feeling that great" from the surgery at the beginning of the season, and now it appears he will have to work through an injury again to finish this season.
"Everything kind of piles up during the year," Lydman said. "I want it to be a little better. It's nothing new."
If Lydman can't play, Nate Guenin
likely will take his spot.
Boudreau said there was a "good chance" that veterans Jason Blake
and Niklas Hagman
will return to the lineup. He scratched both Monday, citing their fatigue in back-to-back games this season.
At the morning skate Blake, 38, played on a line with Saku Koivu
, 37, and 41-year-old Teemu Selanne
, in perhaps the oldest line in the NHL.
Another Ducks line will feature rookie Devante Smith-Pelly
playing on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf
and Corey Perry
It's a vote of confidence from Boudreau to give Smith-Pelly, 19, a look there after he has played mostly on the third line since being returning from an injury suffered at the 2012 World Junior Championship in December. It's also an adjustment playing the left side given that Smith-Pelly played right wing his whole junior career.
"I felt Bruce has been pretty confident in me since I came over," Smith-Pelly said. "My role is slowly increasing and I'm happy about it. I think I've been playing pretty well since I came back from injury. I'm just happy the coaching staff has confidence in me."
Here's the rest of the lineup the Ducks likely will use Wednesday:
- Ryan-Getzlaf - Corey Perry
- Saku Koivu
- Teemu Selanne
- Nick Bonino
- Kyle Palmieri
- Andrew Cogliano
- Niklas Hagman
- Cam Fowler
- Nate Guenin
- Sheldon Brookbank
will be in goal, with Jeff Deslauriers