"It's been a long 45 days, excited to be back as part of the team and back on the ice," Lovejoy said after being cleared following an X-ray. "You can't tough out broken bones. They're either healed or not."
Lovejoy skated with usual top defensive pair mate
"I'm sure I'll have a ton of adrenaline, I already do; I was up periodically throughout the night. It was like a little kid on Christmas morning," Lovejoy said.
Lovejoy added, "My days as a goon are probably done."
He said overcoming the fracture was more difficult than maintaining his conditioning.
"The fine motor skills of playing hockey -- the touch passes behind the net, playing in traffic -- that's all a bit different," he said. "I'm sure it won't be perfect, but hopefully the positives of my game outweigh the rustiness."
"[LaBarbera] hasn't practiced," Boudreau said. "We'll see how tonight goes before we make a decision on [Saturday's game in Winnipeg]. Freddie has played a lot of games in a row. At some point, he's going to need a rest."
The Ducks this week signed veteran goalie
Friday's lines were: Devante Smith-Pelly/Ryan Getzlaf/Rene Bourque, Matt Beleskey/Ryan Kesler/Kyle Palmieri, Andrew Cogliano/Rickard Rakell/Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Maroon/Nate Thompson/Tim Jackman.
The defensive pairs were Lovejoy/Fowler, Hampus Lindholm/ColbyRobak and Sami Vatanen/Clayton Stoner.
He's "trying to get better. I don't know how close, but closer, probably an outside chance he can play on this trip," Boudreau said of the five-game road trip that starts Friday and ends Dec. 19 in Ottawa. "We want to keep him skating. Beauch has always been one of those guys who's come back quicker than he was supposed to."
Fasth moving on: Traded from the Ducks on March 5 due to Anaheim's glut of goaltending talent, Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth said he's noticed, but not obsessed on, his old team's goalie void behind Andersen with injuries slowing LaBarbera and fellow backup John Gibson (groin).
"I haven't thought about it like [what might have been had the Ducks kept Fasth]," he said. "Injuries happen. I got traded. That's history. I enjoy it here, try to do my best for the team here."