The Anaheim Ducks are riding high, but will be without two of their key contributors for the remainder of the Kings series.
Goalie Frederik Andersen and forward Matt Beleskey are both out with lower-body injuries and won’t dress for Game 6 or Game 7 — should the series go that far — head coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed on Wednesday.
The bigger of the two losses is probably Beleskey, who missed four of six games against Dallas and hasn’t played since a 3-2 win over L.A. in Game 3. The rugged winger has been productive when in the lineup though, registering two goals and four points in five postseason games.
Andersen, who started out the playoffs as Anaheim’s No. 1, was dropped from the starter’s gig for the first two games of the Kings series, only to return in Game 3 and stop 22 of 23 shots before leaving with the aforementioned lower-body injury.
That ailment opened the door for John Gibson’s recall from AHL Norfolk and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.