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Ducks' Perry won't play against Jets

by Patrick Williams

DUCKS (17-6-5) AT JETS (14-9-4)


Season series: The Anaheim Ducks won two of the three games against the Winnipeg Jets last season, including a 5-4 overtime win March 31 in which they came back from a 4-0 deficit.

Ducks team scope: Anaheim surrendered a 3-0 lead at the Minnesota Wild on Friday and rallied to win 5-4 with two third period goals. Center Ryan Kesler had two goals and an assist for the Ducks. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 21 saves. Right wing Corey Perry left the game in the first period with a knee injury and did not return. The Ducks announced on Saturday that Perry will not play and will be evaluated further when the team returns home after the game Sunday. Anaheim recalled center Rickard Rakell from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Saturday and returned defenseman Mat Clark. Rakell, 21, the 30th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, has three assists in 17 games with the Ducks this season. The Ducks assigned Rakell to Norfolk on Tuesday and he had one goal and three assists in two AHL games. After playing Winnipeg, Anaheim begins a home-and-home series with the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Jets team scope: Winnipeg finishes their three-game homestand having won their first two games following a 6-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Center Bryan Little had the first hat trick for the franchise since December 18, 2010 and had a career-high four points. The top line of Little, left wing Andrew Ladd and right wing Blake Wheeler combined for 10 points (four goals, six assists). With defensemen Zach Bogosian (lower body), Grant Clitsome (undisclosed) and Toby Enstrom (lower body) out with injuries, Dustin Byfuglien moved to the Winnipeg blue line and played a team-high 26:24 Friday. Coach Paul Maurice has worked rookie Michael Hutchinson into the goaltending rotation more frequently, but Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start against Anaheim. Defenseman Julien Brouillette, who was recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL on Thursday, did not dress against Colorado. The Jets begin a two-game road trip Tuesday against the Dallas Stars.

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