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At the Rink: Coyotes at Ducks

by Curtis Zupke

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 KorpikoskiAntoine VermetteMikkel Boedker

Tobias RiederSam GagnerShane Doan

Rob KlinkhammerKyle ChipchuraMartin Erat

Brandon McMillan - Joe VitaleB.J. Crombeen

Oliver Ekman-LarssonZbynek Michalek

Keith YandleConnor Murphy

David SchlemkoMichael Stone

Mike Smith

Devan Dubnyk

Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), David Moss (upper body), Brandon Gormley (lower body)

Scratched: Chris Summers


Patrick MaroonRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Rene Bourque/Kyle Palmieri - Ryan KeslerMatt Beleskey

Jakob SilfverbergNate ThompsonAndrew Cogliano

Emerson EtemRickard RakellDevante Smith-Pelly

Cam FowlerSami Vatanen

Hampus LindholmFrancois Beauchemin

Clayton StonerJosh Manson

Frederik Andersen

Jason LaBarbera

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.

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