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The Ducks are getting calls on Matt Beleskey, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Of course, the complication is that Beleskey, an unrestricted free agent, has been important to the Ducks this season, and they have hopes of going far in the playoffs. Beleskey has 21 goals and 30 points, in what has been a career season. The forward is out with a shoulder injury but has recently started to skate again.
Feb 28 - 8:37 PM

The Anaheim Ducks grabbed Tomas Fleischmann from the Florida Panthers for Dany Heatley and a third-round pick.

"The Flash" hasn't enjoyed a great season with Florida, but he's shown flashes of brilliance in his NHL career, making him an intriguing piece in Anaheim. It doesn't hurt that he has money to earn, either.
Feb 28 - 2:39 PM

Tim Jackman led both teams in hits on Friday with six.

Jackman is a tough fourth line player who has five goals and seven points with 84 penalty minutes, despite seeing double digit minutes in only 12 games this season. The 33-year old has 109 hits in 52 games as well. He is worth picking up in pools that use penalty minutes as a category.
Feb 28 - 7:29 AM

Sami Vatanen (leg) is getting better and is please with his progress.

Vatanen was injured on February 15 and it was thought he would be out four-six weeks so he should return by the beginning of April at the latest which would still give him 10 days in the regular season to get ready for the playoffs. "I will be ready before the playoffs," Vatanen said. "I can play some games and be ready for the most exciting time of the season." Vatanen was the Ducks top offensive defenseman when injured as he had 12 goals and 34 points in 57 games.
Feb 28 - 5:42 AM

Matt Beleskey is nervous with the trade deadline approaching on Monday.

Beleskey is currently out with a shoulder injury but he was having his best NHL season to day before getting hurt as he had 21 goals and 30 points in 56 games. The problem is that Beleskey is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Ducks may want to get something for him as he is expected to get a huge raise. "You’re always sweating out the trade deadline days," Beleskey said. "Being unrestricted right now, I’m sure it’s got a little more to it. It’s totally out of my hands at this point so I try not to worry about it." Beleskey has missed six games thus far but the good news is that he has started skating once again.
Feb 28 - 5:37 AM

Chris Wagner was called up from the minors on Friday.

Wagner played 10:35 and had five hits to go with a couple of blocks, two shots on goal and a minus-one rating in his first NHL game since November 17. The right winger had 13 goals and 26 points in 41 games for Norfolk of the AHL this season.
Feb 28 - 2:27 AM

Emerson Etem scored his fourth of season in the Ducks' 4-2 win over the Kings on Friday night.

Etem started the play by evading Matt Greene's check by the offensive blue line and shoveling it behind the net as he lost his grip. Jiri Sekac moved it along to Rickard Rakell, who ripped one across the goal line, off Martin Jones and then off Emerson Etem for the game-tying tally in the third period. Etem now has four goals and eight points in 32 games this season.
Feb 28 - 1:46 AM

Corey Perry pushed his Anaheim Ducks past their rival LA Kings with the eventual game-winning, and insurance goals in the third period.

Perry topped off what turned out to be four unanswered tallies by the Ducks to take the game 4-2. His first goal came off a creative lofted backhanded pass from Ryan Getzlaf, beating Martin Jones in tight with a quick strike. Perry's second marker came on an empty-netter from his own defensive zone. He continues to lead the team in goals with 26, and is second only to Getzlaf in points with 43.
Feb 28 - 1:42 AM

Ryan Kesler scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

Kesler's goal was a matter of being in the right place at the right time to finish off Andrew Cogliano's missed pass from Jakob Silfverberg, getting the Ducks on the board early in the third period. His assist came thanks to Corey Perry's ability to put one in the empty net from the defensive zone, after Kesler forced the turnover. He now has 16 goals and 39 points in 63 games this season.
Feb 28 - 1:33 AM

John Gibson made 20 saves in Friday's 4-2 win over the LA Kings.

Both of the goals against were through heavy traffic, so it's difficult to blame Gibson too much. He did manage to save a couple of breakaway challenges, including one on Jeff Carter. Fortunately for Gibson, his teammates rallied and scored four unanswered goals in the third period to take the game. The win brings his record up to 7-5-0 with 33 goals against in 13 games this season.
Feb 28 - 1:29 AM

Eric Brewer and Rene Bourque will be scratched against the LA Kings on Friday night.

It'll be Brewer's third straight in the stands, and has just nine games with the Ducks to his credit due to a combination of injury and ineffectiveness. Through 24 games with the Ducks and Lightning, the veteran defender has six points, 24 PIMs, and 47 hits. Bourque meanwhile has done little better in 43 combined games with the Canadiens and Ducks. He's amassed just 10 points, 18 PIMs, and 54 hits.
Feb 27 - 8:22 PM

Nate Thompson (lower body) will not return on Friday.

Thompson is being regarded as day-to-day beyond that. This will be his second straight contest on the sidelines. He has three goals and 12 points in 61 games in 2014-15.
Feb 27 - 3:12 PM

Look for Frederik Andersen (neck) to serve as Anaheim's backup goaltender on Friday.

The Ducks have sent Jason LaBarbera to the minors, which they presumably wouldn't have done unless Andersen was ready to dress. John Gibson has already been tapped to serve as the starter on Friday, but Andersen will probably play between the pipes on Sunday.
Feb 27 - 12:57 PM

Jason LaBarbera has been returned to AHL Norfolk.

LaBarbera was serving as the Ducks' backup, but it looks like Frederik Andersen (neck) is ready to return. LaBarbera will likely be summoned again if John Gibson or Andersen suffer an injury.
Feb 27 - 12:54 PM

John Gibson will start for the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

It will be Gibson's eighth consecutive start. Frederik Andersen is getting close to returning and when he does, Gibson will need to compete with him for the starting job.
Feb 27 - 10:42 AM

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