By Michael Walters
Playoff hockey is the time of year when a hockey team is filled with banged-up players after the grueling 82-game season. The Anaheim Ducks are no different. Here are some updates on the players as they get ready for Game 7.
At today’s practice, Kevin Bieksa skated before the team hit the ice. He is progressing but is still listed as day-to-day. Nate Thompson was not out there. According to Randy Carlyle, he had a maintenance day and he should be available tomorrow unless something changes. The Ducks did call up center Sam Carrick from the San Diego Gulls and he took part in line rushes on the fourth line. Carrick played in 15 regular season games with the Gulls this year registering 11 points(3 G + 8 A). He could fill in on the fourth line tomorrow if necessary.
Patrick Eaves was present at practice but still did not skate. He was seen leaving Honda Center without a walking boot and only crutches. His status along with Logan Shaw’s are both very questionable for tomorrow’s game. It does sound like Ondrej Kase could be back for Game 7. The Ducks went with seven defensemen in Game 6 due to all the injuries to their forwards and that didn’t really work. Having Kase back would be a welcomed sight especially with his speed.
Possible Lineup for Game 7
Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Antoine Vermette – Chris Wagner
Nic Kerdiles – Nate Thompson / Sam Carrick – Ondrej Kase
John Gibson (Likely but not confirmed)
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May 9th, 2017