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 ... ”
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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