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Forward Brayden Schenn returns from suspension for Philadelphia; Anaheim reunites Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf on top line

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

DUCKS (0-3-1) at FLYERS (1-1-1)


Ducks team scope

In hope of getting their first win, the Anaheim Ducks will reunite center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry on the top line, with Nick Ritchie on left wing. Ritchie, 22, has one assist and seven shots on goal in four games. But at 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, he knows he needs to use his body to create more scoring chances. "It's something that I've worked on," he said. "It's something I learned from [Getzlaf] especially. He's a guy that holds onto the puck and once he gets out of the corner it's tough to get it off of him. That's something that I'm trying to do as well." Ritchie played 33 games with the Ducks last season and Getzlaf said he sees a player trending the right way. "Ritchie has been doing a good job getting up and down the rink, getting in on the forecheck," Getzlaf said. "It's a matter of understanding what to do with the puck once you get it. We've been trying to talk through those things, about controlling the play and controlling the puck. As big guys we've got to work down low and those are the things I've tried to address with him. He's done a lot better. This year he's used his body a lot better. He's learning how to use his frame to get between the puck and the man checking him. Those are things he's going to progress with for sure."

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Flyers team scope

Philadelphia Flyers left wing Brayden Schenn will return from a three-game suspension. "It's never fun watching," Schenn said. "On the road there for seven days, practicing and skating, stuff like that, doing extra work. I'm excited to play tonight, but I've got to play the right way early on and not get too excited. Have your head in the right spot, put your emotions in the right place and the rest will take care of itself." He'll be back on the top line with center Claude Giroux and right wing Wayne Simmonds. In that role Schenn had an NHL career-best 26 goals and 59 points last season. "He's worked hard," coach Dave Hakstol said. "He's ready physically to get back in the battle here. He's just got to go out and do his thing. He's a power forward that's got to have a nose for the net for us. We hope he can do that, starting tonight." Teammates could sense an extra jump to Schenn during the morning skate. "Every single puck he got, every single time he took a stride, you could tell he had that extra pop," Simmonds said. "You could tell where his mind is at and that he's ready to have a good game tonight."

Projected Ducks lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt -- Antoine Vermette -- Nick Sorensen

Emerson Etem -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Jacob Larsson -- Kevin Bieksa

Clayton Stoner -- Josh Manson

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Mason Raymond

Injured: Simon Despres (concussion), Nate Thompson (Achilles)

Projected Flyers lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Matt Read -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Dale Weise

Chris VandeVelde -- Boyd Gordon -- Nick Cousins

Andrew MacDonald -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Ivan Provorov -- Mark Streit

Nick Schultz -- Brandon Manning

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Roman Lyubimov

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body), Scott Laughton (lower body), Michael Raffl (upper body)

Suspended: Radko Gudas

Status report

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the top two lines will stay together for a few games to build offensive cohesion. "We felt that we would go with some consistency here and just play those guys and try to get those guys going offensively. … Cousins returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. He'll replace Lyubimov. "Cousins is a good player," Hakstol said. "No matter what role we put him in he finds a way to contribute. He's not a guy that we want to leave out of the lineup too long."

Who's hot

Fowler has two goals and an assist during a three-game point streak. … Read has three goals in his past two games.

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