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Round 2

Patrick Eaves, Kevin Bieksa out for Ducks in Game 5 against Oilers

Forward Nicolas Kerdiles in lineup for Anaheim, will make NHL playoff debut

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will be without forwards Patrick Eaves and Ondrej Kase and defenseman Kevin Bieksa in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.


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Eaves will miss his second game with a lower-body injury sustained earlier in the series. He had 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 20 regular-season games after being acquired from the Dallas Stars in a trade on Feb. 27, and four points (two goals, two assists) in the first five Stanley Cup Playoff games before not scoring in Games 2 and 3 of this series.

Kase was called up from San Diego of the American Hockey League to take Eaves' place in Game 4 but left in the first period with a lower-body injury after taking a cross-check from Oilers forward Milan Lucic.

Anaheim recalled forward Nicolas Kerdiles from San Diego on Friday. Kerdiles, who grew up about five miles from Honda Center in Irvine, California, had six points (three goals, three assists) in a five-game series win against Ontario in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, which ended Tuesday.

Kerdiles played his only NHL game on Feb. 22; he played 11:08 and was plus-1 in a 5-3 win against the Boston Bruins.

"He's been the best player in San Diego," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Friday. "He's going to experience baptism by fire. We have to make that decision, whether that's what we'd like to do, or would we prefer to go in another direction with another player."

The only other available forward is Jared Boll, who has appeared in one game this postseason, a 2-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

Bieksa will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury sustained in Game 1. The 35-year-old had four assists in the first three games of the first-round sweep of the Calgary Flames. His absence means all six Anaheim defensemen who will play in Game 5 are 25 or younger.

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