Ducks Gameday: Brandon Montour (elbow) out vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS – Brandon Montour will not be in the lineup for the Ducks as they try to stop a four-game losing streak Wednesday night when they take on the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Montour, who’s been a fixture in the defense corps in his second season, suffered a hyperextended elbow in the third period Monday when he was sandwiched by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook and Tommy Wingels in the Blackhawks’ 7-3 win.
Montour leads the Ducks defenders with six goals and 13 points. Francois Beauchemin will draw into the lineup for the second time in six games. Beauchemin last played Friday against Winnipeg, getting his first goal of the season in a 4-1 defeat.
“It looked a lot worse than it actually is,” Carlyle said. “If it was a different time of the year, he might be playing. But it’s not. Now we don’t to risk this and turn into anything long term for us.”
Montour said he didn’t recall ever missing a game due to injury at any level he has played. After going through a long conditioning skate Wednesday morning, the talented defenseman is hoping to practice Thursday and play Friday in Columbus. “Knock on wood,” he said. “Hope it’s the last one.”
John Gibson (7-9-1, 3.03 GAA, .920 SV%) gets back in net after being pulled early in the second period Monday night after giving up four goals on 22 shots. Gibson and Ryan Miller figure to split duty this weekend when the Ducks visit Columbus and then play in Nashville on Saturday night.
The Ducks could have some good news on injury front. Carlyle said forwards Ondrej Kase (head) and Jared Boll (leg) are practicing in San Diego with the team’s […]