ANAHEIM — Slowly but surely, the Ducks are beginning to look like a complete unit.
Two nights after Ryan Getzlaf came back from injury to make his season debut, Patrick Eaves is expected to suit up for the Ducks on Wednesday night when they take on the New York Islanders at Honda Center to end their four-game homestand.
An unspecified lower-body injury kept Eaves from participating with the team in training camp and any of its seven exhibition games. The oft-injured winger was glad to keep his regular-season absence to the first three contests.
“You never want to miss any games,” Eaves said. “You just try to minimize the games missed and jump in with everyone else.”
Eaves had 11 goals in 20 games with the Ducks (1-1-1) last season after they acquired him from Dallas days ahead of the NHL trade deadline. He’ll play left wing on the top line with Getzlaf and Corey Perry and his know-how in finding pucks in front of the net could boost a power play that’s gone 0 for 11.
The winger had expressed frustration with being sidelined the entire camp but is happy to reach the endpoint of his recovery.
“We had a lot of guys out,” Eaves said. “It was good for other guys to step up, which they did. Everyone’s been playing hard. Hopefully we can just kind of jump in as we get healthy and do the good things everyone’s doing.”
John Gibson (1-1-1, 3.05 GAA, .906 save percentage) has started each game thus far and is coming off a 27-save effort in a 2-0 loss to Calgary. Reto Berra has been backing up while Ryan Miller recovers from an upper-body injury but Miller has started practiced with the team and could soon become available.
Nick Ritchie (lower body) also skated Wednesday morning and appears ready to play after missing the last two games. The Ducks won’t have Ondrej Kase, who suffered a head injury Monday after being checked by Calgary defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Kase has a goal and an assist in three games.
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