By Michael Walters
After getting down 2-0 in the series against the Edmonton Oilers, the Anaheim Ducks charged back with a 6-3 win over the Oilers in Game 3 at Edmonton. The Ducks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and despite the Oilers tying the game at three, the Ducks would score three unanswered goals to win. The Ducks were without Kevin Bieksa in Game 3 and Patrick Eaves was injured in the contest. Anaheim could be shorthanded offensively heading into Game 4 as a result.
Patrick Eaves (lower-body)
Eaves took a hit from Patrick Maroon in the beginning of the third period on Sunday and only skated one more shift before his night was finished. Yesterday, the birthday boy was seen with a walking boot on his right foot. Today he was at practice without the boot but in the stands. According to Randy Carlyle, if Eaves can’t skate tomorrow morning then it’s unlikely he suits up for Game 4.
Kevin Bieksa (lower-body)
Sitting with Eaves in the stands was Bieksa, who was injured in Game 1 sustaining a lower-body injury. He hasn’t been able to play since then and has already been ruled out for Game 4 per Carlyle. Sami Vatanen returned and did play in Game 3. He hadn’t played since Game 1 of the series against Calgary back on April 13th. The Ducks will likely roll with the following pairings or something similar for Game 4:
Possible Line Adjustments
According to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens, the Ducks had a few different line combinations today. Corey Perry skated with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell. Ondrej Kase skated with Antoine Vermette and Nick Ritchie, who was battling flu-like symptoms last week. Here is a look at the possible line combinations for tomorrow if Eaves isn’t available:
Where is Scorey Perry?
In the four games against Calgary, Perry registered three points(1 G + 2 A) and had an on-ice rating of +6. In three games against Edmonton, Perry has zero points and an on-ice rating of -3. If the Ducks want to rally in this series, then some added production by Perry would be a welcomed sight. He did practice with the first power play unit today and took line rushes with Getzlaf, so maybe Perry will get more opportunities in Game 4. He had a season-low ice time of 12:28 in Game 3.
San Diego Gulls vs Ontario Reign
The Ducks sent Nic Kerdiles down to San Diego yesterday. The Gulls lost Game 4 against the Ontario Reign by a score of 4-1. Keaton Thompson scored the lone goal for the Gulls. With the series now tied 2-2, San Diego will play the fifth and final game tonight. The game starts at 7 PM PT at the Valley View Casino in San Diego. If you can’t make it to the game, then you can listen to it by clicking here: The Mighty 1090 AM radio station.
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May 2nd, 2017