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Penner to return to Ducks' lineup

by Matt Kalman /

BOSTON -- Teemu Selanne's injured mouth sustained in the Anaheim Ducks' win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday added to the team's lengthy list of injured players.

But with Selanne back in California awaiting oral surgery, the team will get one body back against the Boston Bruins on Thursday as Dustin Penner will get back in the lineup after a five-game absence.

Penner took part in the morning skate Wednesday and will make his return to the lineup Wednesday night. It will be his first game since Oct. 20, when he sustained a concussion on a hit by the Dallas Stars' Ryan Garbutt. Garbutt was suspended for five games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the hit.

The Ducks will continue their season-long eight-game, 15-day road trip at TD Garden against a Bruins team that arrived home late Wednesday after a loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins did not have a morning skate but made one addition to their roster, recalling forward Ryan Spooner from Providence of the American Hockey League. There was no immediate word on whether the recall was necessary because of injury or if Spooner was brought up to spark a team that's lost two in a row for the for the first time this season.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:


Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Reilly Smith - Patrice Bergeron - Brad Marchand

Carl Soderberg - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Ryan Spooner, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Loui Eriksson (concussion)


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Dustin Penner - Nick Bonino - Emerson Etem

Andrew Cogliano - Mathieu Perreault - Kyle Palmieri

Daniel Winnik - Peter Holland - Devante Smith-Pelly

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Rickard Rakell

Injured: Sheldon Souray (wrist), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Matt Beleskey (upper body), Viktor Fasth (lower body), Jakob Silfverberg (hand), Saku Koivu (concussion), Teemu Selanne (face).

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