Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa (knee) and center Mathieu Perreault (right thumb) say they’ve been told they’ll return to play Wednesday night.
Perreault has missed four games since being injured in a collision in a victory over St. Louis on Feb. 28, and Sbisa left after the first period of Friday’s shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Perreault, expected to be paired with Kyle Palmieri and Tim Jackman on Wednesday night, said
he had a medical exam Friday that showed the ligament wasn’t torn and said he can shoot without discomfort. The thumb is taped.
Sbisa said a full practice Tuesday was followed by no soreness.
Goalie Jonas Hiller (26-9-6) was first off the ice and should start against Calgary.
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy is questionable after missing Wednesday’s morning skate because he “wasn’t feeling well,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
NO PUSHOVER: Boudreau said he sees no indication Calgary is playing out the string. The sixth-place Flames rallied late Monday, but fell to the Kings 3-2.
“Every game is tight, and last time we were here [in 2013], it was 2-1, so we’re not at a stage now where we can say we’re playing a team way down in the standings,” Boudreau said with his team two points behind St. Louis for the Western Conference lead and two points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for the Pacific Division lead.
“We’re in quite a race ourselves. It’s going to be a battle for the last month and a half. There’s no breathing room at all.”