35-year-old Bieksa has four assists in five playoff games for the Ducks this season. He has 82 playoff games to his name. Vatanen has been out since the first game of the playoffs with an upper body injury. He's been progressing and is thought to be close to a return. If he can't go, Korbinian Holzer will suit up as the sixth defenseman for Anaheim, which trails Edmonton 1-0 in the series.
INJURY UPDATE: Carlyle confirmed Bieksa (lower body) will miss tonight's game. Said he could be available later in the series.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 28, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Bieksa out, Vatanen Uncertain for Ducks in Game 2
The Anaheim Ducks will be without defenseman Kevin Bieksa for Game 2 of their best-of-7 series with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night at Honda Center, but Sami Vatanen could return. Bieksa, who left Game 1 with an injury after colliding with teammate Shea Theodore, could be a available for the Ducks later in the series.