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Lindholm, Getzlaf to return for Ducks

Defenseman hasn't played all season, center has missed past three games, will play against Flyers

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Defenseman Hampus Lindholm and center Ryan Getzlaf will be in the lineup for the Anaheim Ducks against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, PRIME, NHL.TV).

It will be Lindholm's first game since Game 6 of Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators. He had shoulder surgery during the offseason to repair a torn labrum after initially being injured Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames but didn't miss a game. He had four points (one goal, three assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 66 regular-season games last season.

Lindholm practiced Monday and is ready to play.

"The [medical] staff and everyone around me has helped me a lot," Lindholm said. "They've done a good job because I'm ahead of schedule. I feel strong. I'm ready to get out there."

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he expects Lindholm's conditioning to be good since he's been skating since training camp started. Lindholm averaged 22:26 of ice time per game last season, second on the team behind defenseman Cam Fowler (24:50).

"He's going to play," Carlyle told the Orange County Register. "It's going to depend on the game, but I would suspect he'll get his 20-plus minutes. We won't be saving him."

The Ducks are missing defenseman Cam Fowler, who sustained a knee injury against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday; Carlyle said he'll be reevaluated Thursday. 

Defenseman Josh Manson did not practice Monday because of the flu but Carlyle expects him to play.

Getzlaf had missed the past three games because of a lower-body injury sustained against the New York Islanders on Oct. 11. He practiced Monday on a line with left wing Rickard Rakell and right wing Corey Perry.

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