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At the Rink: Ducks at Wild

by Dan Myers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Anaheim Ducks will continue their five-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday (6 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, FS-N, FS-WI).

The Ducks are hoping to match their offensive output from Sunday, when Anaheim won 4-1 against Minnesota at Honda Center. It was the only time in six games the Ducks have scored more than one goal in a game.

Neither team had a morning skate, but if the Ducks practice Friday is any indication, coach Bruce Boudreau could be ready to make significant changes to his forward lines.

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry did not skate together, as Getzlaf centered Mike Santorelli and former Wild forward Chris Stewart. Perry moved to the second line alongside Rickard Rakell and Patrick Maroon.

The third and fourth lines also saw movement, but Boudreau chose to keep Ryan Kesler with Jakob Silfverberg.

"It starts with me, [Silfverberg], [Getzlaf], [Perry]," Kesler told the Orange County Register on Friday. "It starts with those guys. We have to turn the ship around. It's a team game but we have to lead them in the right direction. So it's on us."

Goaltender Frederik Andersen will get the start in goal. Andersen has not played since allowing two goals on 24 shots against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 16.

Minnesota is expected to go with mostly the same lineup that won 3-2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. The Wild opened a stretch of four games in six nights, including back-to-back games this weekend. Minnesota will play the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday afternoon.

Defenseman Nate Prosser is the lone expected lineup change. He will slot in on Minnesota's third pairing in place of Christian Folin.

Here are the projected lineups:


Mike Santorelli - Ryan Getzlaf - Chris Stewart

Patrick Maroon - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Jiri Sekac - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano - Shawn Horcoff - Carl Hagelin

Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Simon Despres (upper body), Nate Thompson (shoulder)

Scratched: Tim Jackman, Kenton Helgesen, Korbinian Holzer


Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter

Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine

Chris Porter - Erik Haula - Ryan Carter

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba

Marco Scandella - Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Injured: Tyler Graovac (groin)

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom, Christian Folin

Status report: Manson and Hagelin were given maintenance days Friday but are expected to play. ... Wild coach Mike Yeo said Friday that Dubnyk will get the start in goal against the Ducks with Darcy Kuemper to follow in Winnipeg on Sunday.

Who's hot: Rakell has a point in consecutive games, including the game-winning goal against the Wild on Sunday. … Koivu has a point in four consecutive games, with two goals and two assists during that span.

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