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Ducks' Boudreau considering Game 4 lineup changes

by Aaron Vickers /

BANFF, Alberta -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau explored new line combinations during practice Thursday in advance of Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series Friday against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Boudreau had forward Tomas Fleischmann skating on a line with Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano, and Jiri Sekac took line rushes alongside Nate Thompson and Tim Jackman. Fleischmann hasn't played since Game 4 of Anaheim's first-round win against the Winnipeg Jets on April 22, and Sekac has yet to play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"[Sekac] and Fleischmann are both possibilities to be in or out," Boudreau said. "They are a possibility. They played good for us this year, so there's a possibility that both of them can go in, one of them can go in or none of them can go in. I don't know how else to say it without saying this guy's in and this guy's out."

Sekac said he'll be ready if called upon Friday.

"If I get out there, I'm just going to try my best and prove that I can be in the lineup," said Sekac, who had two goals and seven points in 19 regular-season games with the Ducks after being traded from the Montreal Canadiens. "Whoever is in the lineup, it's still a great team and I'll try to help the team as much as I can.

"Everyone wants to play as much as they can. As a player you always want more and more. You have to wait for your chance and prove yourself that you can be one of the top players."

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 2-1; the Flames won Game 3 4-3 in overtime after losing the first two games at Honda Center.

Boudreau suggested the reason for any lineup change in Game 4 would be two-fold.

"One, to bring in some energy with guys that haven't played," he said. "And two, to send messages that we've got good guys not playing right now, so if we're not playing at the top of our game then we can make changes.

"Sometimes you send messages in a subtle way and make sure guys are getting back to where they can play."

The Ducks were 19.5 seconds from leaving Game 3 with a win. But a power-play goal by Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau tied the game and then Mikael Backlund scored 4:24 into overtime.

"I think we have so much depth on this team and so many good players that you can't take a night off, especially at this time of year," Jackman said. "We've all got to be focused for the full 60 minutes. And when you get the opportunity, it's a privilege to be in the lineup and you've got to make sure to see it that way. I just think that's the reasoning for some of the [lines] today."

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