Ducks, facing the Maple Leafs in Toronto, will try again to secure a playoff spot



When: 4:30 p.m. PDT Thursday.

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Update: The Ducks will look again to secure a playoff spot with either a standings point or an Arizona loss. In the absence of left wing David Perron, they reconfigured their lines Tuesday. Brandon Pirri played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the top line. Jamie McGinn played with Rickard Rakell and Mike Santorelli. Perron is out with a shoulder injury, and the results of an MRI exam probably won't be known until next week, a Ducks spokesman said. The Ducks' penalty-killing unit has not given up a goal in eight games, and the goaltender rotation would dictate that it's Frederik Andersen's turn after two starts by John Gibson. Defenseman Shea Theodore was recalled from the club's AHL affiliate, San Diego. He has eight goals and 31 points in 47 AHL games, and recorded two goals and six points with a plus-three rating in 13 games with the Ducks. Toronto is eliminated from playoff contention but rookie William Nylander, 19, is all the rage with four goals and three assists in his first 12 games. Toronto Coach Mike Babcock told reporters Wednesday that goalie Garret Sparks will start, and center Tyler Bozak is expected to return from a Feb. 6. head injury.

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