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Eaves getting closer to Ducks return

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Patrick Eaves practiced with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday and is nearing a return.

"I'm getting better," the 34-year-old forward said. "It's been a blast to get out with the guys. There's light at the end of the tunnel, you can see it."

Eaves has not played in an NHL game since Oct. 13, 2017; he played two games in 2017-18 before missing the rest of the season because of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.

Eaves, who was traded to the Ducks from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 24, 2017, has 15 points (12 goals, three assists) in 22 games with Anaheim.

Selected by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 29 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, Eaves has 242 points (132 goals, 110 assists) in 626 regular-season games with the Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Stars and Ducks. He has 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 83 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Anaheim (3-0-0) hosts the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-A, NHL.TV).

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