The Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes were not expected to skate Sunday before their game at Honda Center.
The Ducks are coming off a two-day break and it is not known if left wing Rene Bourque will make his Anaheim debut after he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Bryan Allen on Thursday. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday that he wasn't certain if Bourque would play Sunday or Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.
Despite a plethora of capable forwards, Ducks general manager Bob Murray hasn't been pleased with an offense that ranks 17th in goals per game (2.62). He acquired Bourque, a former 20-goal scorer, to possibly add a spark. It would be his first NHL game since Nov. 4.
Arizona improved to 6-1-0 against the Pacific Division with a 4-3 shootout win at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The Coyotes are 5-2-0 in their past seven road games, including a 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim on Nov.7.
Eight of Anaheim's past 10 games have gone to overtime or a shootout.
Here are the projected lineups:
Lauri Korpikoski – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker
Tobias Rieder – Sam Gagner – Shane Doan
Rob Klinkhammer – Kyle Chipchura – Martin Erat
Brandon McMillan - Joe Vitale – B.J. Crombeen
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle – Connor Murphy
David Schlemko – Michael Stone
Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), David Moss (upper body), Brandon Gormley (lower body)
Scratched: Chris Summers
Patrick Maroon – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Rene Bourque/Kyle Palmieri - Ryan Kesler – Matt Beleskey
Jakob Silfverberg – Nate Thompson – Andrew Cogliano
Emerson Etem – Rickard Rakell – Devante Smith-Pelly
Cam Fowler – Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Clayton Stoner – Josh Manson
Injured: Ben Lovejoy (finger), John Gibson (groin), Mark Fistric (back), William Karlsson (flu), Dany Heatley (groin)
Scratched: Tim Jackman, Mat Clark
Status report: Smith reportedly will start for the Coyotes after Dubnyk won Saturday. Bourque reportedly skated with Kesler, Palmieri and Maroon in practice Saturday. Hanzal has missed three games.
Who's hot: Silfverberg got his NHL co-leading fourth shootout goal of the season Thursday. He has a career conversion rate of 56.3 percent (9-for-16) … Gagner has assists in three straight games … Boedker comes off a two-assist game.