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Patrick Eaves expected to be in lineup for Game 1

Ducks forward sustained injury in regular-season finale, likely to play vs. Flames on Thursday

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Forward Patrick Eaves likely will play when the Anaheim Ducks host the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on Thursday.

Eaves left in the second period of a 4-3 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. He lunged toward the Kings goal to deflect a puck and hit his head on the knee of Los Angeles defenseman Brayden McNabb, who fell on top of Eaves.

"We fully expect he'll be 100 percent by game time," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "He'll skate [Tuesday]."

Eaves has 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 20 games with Anaheim, and 10 points (nine goals, one assist) in the past 11 games since he was traded from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 24.

Eaves has also had a positive impact on linemate Ryan Getzlaf, who has 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) in the past 18 games.

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"That's always what you feel like when you go out and get somebody at the deadline," Getzlaf said. "You want them to have an impact. It doesn't always happen, but Patty's done a good job coming in and integrating himself into our locker room, and our lineup."

The Ducks and Flames have played twice this month. Anaheim won 4-3 at Calgary on April 2 and 3-1 on April 4 in Anaheim.

In the second game, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler sustained a right knee injury on a hit by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano in the third period. Following the injury which will sideline Fowler for 2-6 weeks, the teams combined for 106 penalty minutes, including five 10-minute misconducts.

Getzlaf said he doesn't expect those emotions to carry over to Game 1.

"We'll definitely address that," Getzlaf said. "Just because of the way the season ended with those guys, the things that went on. Playoffs are all about turning the page and playing one game at a time, forgetting about the game before."

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