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Ducks' Perry has flu, won't play against Coyotes

by Curtis Zupke

COYOTES (5-6-1) at DUCKS (10-3-1)


ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, the leading goal scorer in the NHL, continues to rest from flu-like symptoms and coach Bruce Boudreau all but ruled him out for Friday against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center.

"I don't think Perry will be around for [Friday]," Boudreau said.

Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf missed the game Wednesday against the New York Islanders with the illness, which has spread in Anaheim's locker room.

Getzlaf did not skate Friday morning but is expected to play. Perry did not report to the arena as the Ducks are being extra careful.

"You never know who else is going to catch it," Boudreau said. "Unless I can see it and say, 'Hey, get away from our team,' it's going to be around. Every team is going to get it. It's just a matter of when."

Perry has 11 goals in 13 games, one more than Rick Nash of the New York Rangers. The Ducks will lose that offense but gain back defenseman Bryan Allen, who is expected to make his season debut after a hamstring and reported torn biceps injuries.

It will be Allen's first NHL game since Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Los Angeles Kings on May 16, although he played preseason games and did a conditioning stint in the American Hockey League. He could be reunited with defense partner Sami Vatanen.

"I expect to play my game and execute it the way I always have," Allen said.

Anaheim looked unorganized without Getzlaf in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders, so teammates welcome his return.

"I think it just settles things in terms of lines," right wing Andrew Cogliano said. "You want to win games when guys like him and Perry aren't in just to show that guys can step up and contribute. But when's he in it's a huge boost for the team."

Arizona is going for a third straight win, but its usually tight defense has shown cracks; the Coyotes have allowed at least one power-play goal in five games in a row.

"It's early in the season and we're still trying to get used to some players that maybe weren't here and are new to the penalty kill," defenseman Keith Yandle said. "It's one of those things where it's a work in progress and I think we'll be fine."

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett is less tolerant of why they've been shorthanded.

"There's some penalties we've got to take out of our game," said Tippett, who is two games shy of tying Bob Francis for the longest coaching tenure in franchise history at 390 games. "There's other ones that, when they happen, you've got to be able to kill them. We've done some good things and we've done some things where we've given teams second opportunities by not getting the clears. Those are things we've got to clean up."

Here are the projected lineups:


Tobias Rieder - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan

Rob Klinkhammer - Martin Hanzal - Martin Erat

Lauri Korpikoski - Sam Gagner - Mikkel Boedker

Brandon McMillan - Joe Vitale - B.J. Crombeen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Zbynek Michalek

Keith Yandle - Connor Murphy

Brandon Gormley - Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Chris Summers, Kyle Chipchura, David Schlemko

Injured: David Moss (upper body)


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Devante Smith-Pelly

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Emerson Etem - William Karlsson - Andrew Cogliano

Rickard Rakell - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman

Cam Fowler - Clayton Stoner

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Jason LaBarbera

Scratched: Dany Heatley, Josh Manson

Injured: Corey Perry (flu), Ben Lovejoy (finger), Kyle Palmieri (ankle), John Gibson (groin), Mark Fistric (back)

Status report: Andersen was the first Ducks goalie off the ice; it will be his first start since leg tightness caused him to miss two games. … Smith was off first for Arizona. … Heatley and Manson stayed out for extra work, meaning it's likely they won't play Friday. … Boudreau mixed up his lines, and it appears Cogliano will play the right side.

Who's hot: Beleskey has six goals in 14 games, three goals short of his total in 55 games last season. … Gagner has two goals in two games after going without a goal in his first 10 games. … Vermette has two goals and two assists in his past two games.

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