Monday, April 10, 2017

Patrick Eaves Will Return for Game 1 in Anaheim

After leaving last night's 4-3 win over the Kings with an upper body injury, Patrick Eaves is fine and will return for Game One of the Ducks-Flames series to be played at Honda Center in Anaheim on Thursday night, according to Curtis Zupke of the L.A. Times.

Eaves has slotted into the top line since being acquired at the deadline by Anaheim and he's been very productive. He has 11 goals in 20 games for the Ducks, giving him a career-best total of 32. 11 of Eaves' 21 goals with the Stars came on the power play, but he has scored nine even strength goals while playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rackell.

The Ducks will be without Cam Fowler, who injured his knee during a game against the Flames on April 4, and Nick Ritchie, who was suspended two games for sucker-punching Michal Rozsival of Chicago on April 6.

Anaheim holds a 2-0 edge over the Flames in previous playoff series. The Ducks beat the Flames in seven games in the first round of the 2006 playoffs and in five games in the 2015 Conference Semifinals. In addition to that the Ducks own a 25-game regular-season winning streak over the Flames that dates back to January 19, 2004.