Ducks could be without David Perron for a while

The Ducks will be without left wing David Perron as they close in on a playoff berth.

Perron is considered week-to-week because of a shoulder injury and will return to Anaheim for an MRI exam, the team announced Monday.

Perron attempted to check Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets but fell into the boards in the second period of Sunday's win. He left the game and did not return.

The Ducks can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday with one point against the Montreal Canadiens or if the Arizona Coyotes lose.

Perron helped resurrect the Ducks' offense after he and Adam Clendening were acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Jan.15 trade for Carl Hagelin. Perron has eight goals and 12 assists in 28 games with the Ducks, mostly playing with top-line center Ryan Getzlaf.

The Ducks have a spare forward in Mike Santorelli and also could recall a forward from the San Diego Gulls. Center Nate Thompson, recovering from a lower-body injury, is with the team on its five-game trip. Chris Stewart is progressing from a broken jaw and defenseman Sami Vatanen is recovering from an upper-body injury. They are not with the team.



When: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. PDT.

Where: Centre Bell

On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 830.

Update: The Canadiens have been hit hard with injuries to their blue line and Sunday played a fifth consecutive game without defenseman P.K. Subban (neck) as Joel Hanley made his NHL debut. The Ducks are 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games. Jamie McGinn scored in his Ducks debut and Jakob Silfverberg scored the only shootout goal in a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens on March 2.

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