Ducks Radio Analyst
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Ducks are likely to have two new faces in the lineup tonight, when they meet the Minnesota Wild.
Center Kyle Chipchura and right wing Dan Sexton
arrived at Xcel Energy Center in time to participate in the morning skate.
Chipchura, acquired on Wednesday from the Montreal Canadiens, had been delayed in joining the Ducks while necessary immigration paperwork took place. With that resolved a bit quicker than expected, Chipchura took an early morning flight from Montreal.
In the wake of the fractured bone in his left hand suffered by right wing Teemu Selanne
during Thursday night’s 3-1 loss at Dallas, the Ducks recalled Sexton from the Manitoba Moose of the American League. He, too, began his day on an airplane, traveling from Winnipeg.
Chipchura, obtained in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft, was scoreless in 16 games this season with the Canadiens, but figures to receive more ice time than the eight minutes, 37 seconds he had averaged in Montreal.
A “heart-and-soul player,” according to Ducks general manager Bob Murray, Chipchura appears likely to play on the third or fourth line. A self-described “hard worker,” Chipchura will primarily be used in a defensive role, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
Sexton, 22, played two seasons of college hockey at Bowling Green before signing a free-agent contract with the Ducks in April. After beginning this season at Bakersfield of the ECHL, he earned a promotion to Manitoba and finds himself of the verge of making his NHL debut close to home. He collected one goal and three points in five games with Manitoba after posting 13 goals and 26 points in 18 games with Bakersfield.
Sexton hails from Apple Valley, Minn., about 20 minutes away from the Xcel Energy Center. He said a large number of friends and family members were scrambling in an effort to attend the game.
“It will probably be the first game I have played here (in Minnesota) since I was 18 years old,” Sexton said. “I’m pretty excited.”