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Sami Vatanen's illness is one of the story lines on Ducks' blue line

Sami Vatanen's illness is one of the story lines on Ducks' blue line

The Ducks’ blue line ran the spectrum Wednesday.

One defenseman was ill and needed intravenous fluids. Another was giddy with excitement over his possible NHL debut, while another was a week removed from surgery.

It was a gray area, starting with Sami Vatanen, who did not travel because of flu and appeared doubtful for at least the first leg of a back-to-back western Canada swing that starts in Calgary on Thursday.

“We’ll see what the next 24 hours brings,” Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said before departure. “I don’t think that it’s probable for him for [Thursday] in Calgary, but you never say [never], and we’ll see how his body reacts...

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