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Ducks to utilize speed with physical Tim Jackman, Mark Fistric injured

Ducks to utilize speed with physical Tim Jackman, Mark Fistric injured
Ducks forward Tim Jackman checks Sharks defenseman Justin Braun along the boards in a game last month in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

The loss of Ducks forward Tim Jackman, the team's penalty minutes leader who sustained a broken hand when struck by a shot during his final shift Friday, along with the absence of tough defenseman Mark Fistric, who has a lower-body nerve issue, alters the team's physical nature.

"Where we were a big, imposing team, now we're more of a speed team," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We play the same way, so ... "

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Jackman required surgery on his hand. Fistric could return next week.

The Ducks recalled forward Devante Smith-Pelly from minor-league Norfolk on Saturday. He'll play tonight alongside center Nick Bonino.

"Every time we phone down there, [Smith-Pelly] is the best player. We expect good things from him," Boudreau said.

Smith-Pelly said he's prepared to play physically.

"There's a chance for me to fill that role, and maybe even chip in a couple [goals]," Smith-Pelly said.

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