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Ducks can afford to scratch players because of roster depth
Ducks can afford to scratch players because of roster depth

The six trades the Ducks made before the NHL trade deadline this month have left Coach Bruce Boudreau to scratch players who would've been a constant presence a month ago. The benefit to that is how those temporarily benched players perform when they return for the Ducks, who open a five-game trip Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. First-line forward Patrick Maroon responded to his March 13 scratch in Minnesota with a two-assist game two days later and a third-period goal Wednesday in what became a Ducks overtime victory over the Kings. The upheaval has most rattled the third-line mates of center Rickard Rakell. Tomas Fleischmann sat March 15, Jiri Sekac...

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