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Ducks Gameday: Hampus Lindholm a ‘game-time decision’ against Bruins

By in Press Enterprise on November 16, 2017

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM — The Ducks could be without top defenseman Hampus Lindholm when they take on the Boston Bruins at Honda Center on Wednesday night.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle called Lindholm “a game-time decision” after the team’s morning skate. Lindholm did not participate with his teammates but did skate earlier Wednesday morning.

If Lindholm can’t go, the Ducks (7-7-3) will be taking another significant hit to a lineup that’s received more than its share of big blows. They’re already without defenseman Cam Fowler (knee) and forwards Ryan Getzlaf (cheekbone fracture), Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (illness) and Ondrej Kase (upper body).

Antoine Vermette is expected to play and the versatile forward will hit a big milestone as he’ll play in his 1,000th career game. He’ll become the 10th player to reach that number in a Ducks uniform. Kevin Bieksa, who has played in 765 regular-season games, called it a “pretty prestigious accomplishment.”

“To accomplish that, you have to be a good player,” Bieksa said. “You’ve got be a great professional, take care of your body and he’s done all those things. Really happy for him and he deserves everything.

“He’s a true professional. Great teammate and we’ll try to get the win for him tonight.”

John Gibson (5-6-1, 2.90 GAA, .917 save percentage) will get the start in goal, with Reto Berra backing him up again as Ryan Miller (lower body) is not at the point of practicing. It will be Gibson’s first career start against Boston as Frederik Andersen usually faced the Bruins due to his mastery over the Original Six team.

Kevin Roy will be playing in his third career game with the Ducks, while Kalle Kossila will appear in his eighth. Vermette and Kossila are expected to be swapped at center on the third and fourth lines.

Here’s the projected lineup for the Ducks:

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