PANTHERS (5-4-5) at DUCKS (11-3-4)
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Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was on the ice for warmups prior to the game Sunday at Honda Center against the Florida Panthers.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday that Perry would be a game-time decision after he was cleared from the mumps, which kept him out for five games.
"This is me talking, but we'll see," Boudreau said after the game. "He'll probably come to the [optional] morning skate … and then we'll make a decision."
Perry has not played since Nov. 2 and was expected to need time to get his conditioning level up. But Boudreau said Perry's return wasn't necessarily contingent on him getting in a practice with the team.
"What he can do, practice isn't going to help," Boudreau said. "He knows how to score. He's pretty good at it."
Boudreau also said right wing Devante Smith-Pelly was close to a return after he missed the Ducks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday with an upper-body injury. Anaheim recalled center/right wing Chris Wagner, who played 7:08 against the Kings.
"I hope there's a chance that he's playing [Sunday]," Boudreau said of Smith-Pelly. "But we called up Chris and he did a really good job. It was more precautionary because we didn't have any other forwards."
Florida opens a four-game trip that includes all three California teams. Defenseman Willie Mitchell returns to Southern California and will play his former Kings teammates on Tuesday.
Florida has not won in Anaheim since Nov. 9, 2008.
Here are the expected lineups:
Tomas Kopecky - Aleksander Barkov - Scottie Upshall
Jonathan Huberdeau - Nick Bjugstad - Brad Boyes
Jussi Jokinen - Vincent Trocheck - Jimmy Hayes
Tomas Fleischmann - Derek MacKenzie - Shawn Thornton
Willie Mitchell - Aaron Ekblad
Brian Campbell - Colby Robak
Dylan Olsen - Erik Gudbranson
Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (knee), Dave Bolland (groin)
Scratched: Sean Bergenheim, Brandon Pirri
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Rickard Rakell - William Karlsson - Andrew Cogliano
Emerson Etem - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman
Cam Fowler - Clayton Stoner
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen
Injured: Devante Smith-Pelly (upper body), Francois Beauchemin (mumps), Ben Lovejoy (finger), John Gibson (groin), Kyle Palmieri (ankle), Dany Heatley (groin)
Scratched: Mat Clark
Status report: LaBarbera would be the logical choice after Andersen played Saturday. … Luongo is expected to start for the Panthers. … Bergenheim will be a lineup consideration after healing from a lower-body injury, according to the (South Florida) Sun Sentinel. … Bolland reportedly is on the trip.
Who's hot: Kesler has a five-game point streak; he has three goals and four assists in that span. … Hayes has scored in three straight games. … Ekblad has seven points in his past six games.