Friday, April 15, 2016
Rakell, Perron Will be in Ducks Lineup for Game 1
The Anaheim Ducks are getting key members of their squad back just in time for the playoffs. Rickard Rakell (appendicitis) and David Perron (seperated shoulder) will both be available for game one of their Western Conference quarterfinal against the Nashville Predators. Rakell, who scored a career-best 20 goals and 23 assists for the Ducks in 72 games, had been out since March 28th since after his appendix had ruptured. He was kept in the hospital for six days, with tubes inserted in his stomach to drain it. Perron, a sparkplug for the team in the 28 games he has played for the Ducks after being traded from the Penguins on January 15, had 20 points in 28 games. The return of Perron and Rakell allows Bruce Boudreau to keep Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on different lines, which could create matchup nightmares for Peter Laviolette and his Predators. The Ducks could also get defenseman Kevin Bieksa (upper-body) back on Friday. Both Anaheim and Nashville come into this series with a lot of confidence. Since February 12th, Anaheim and Nashville have the second and third best point totals in the NHL. The Predators went 2-1 vs. the Ducks this season and they won the franchise's only previous playoff series in six games in 2011.