ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 19:  Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks stands behind his team as they play the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 19, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Boudreau, Ducks considering lineup changes ahead of Game 5

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With the Anaheim Ducks dropping Game 4 5-4 in double-overtime on Saturday night coach Bruce Boudreau admitted he’s considering possible lineup changes for Game 5 tonight at the Honda Center.

“We’re mulling it over,” Boudreau said on Sunday. “I mean, (Chris) Wagner is an energy guy that would do good in a series like this. (Tomas) Fleischmann is a good veteran that we’ve had a great record when he’s in the lineup.”

Wagner has not played since Game 2 of the Ducks’ first round series against the Winnipeg Jets. The 23-year-old rookie has averaged 5:33 in time on ice in these playoffs. Wagner appeared in nine regular season games with the Ducks registering a minus-2 rating while averaging 8:47 in ice time.

Fleischmann, who was acquired by the Ducks from the Florida Panthers in February, has not played since Game 5 of Anaheim’s second round series against the Calgary Flames. In four postseason games this spring the 31-year-old has one assist while averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time.

Boudreau is even considering changes to his blue line.

According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, it could mean an appearance from James Wisniewski who has yet to play this postseason.

Wisniewski, who was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, appeared in 13 games for the Ducks following the trade registering five assists and a minus-3 rating while averaging over 20 minutes in ice time.

“Even on defense, we’re thinking, Okay, is this the time? But we don’t want to make anything rash,” Boudreau said. “We’ll meet again tomorrow morning. I told the guys to all sleep on it.

“Except for three goals in the third period, defensively our team has been pretty darn good in the playoffs. So, I mean, it’s not a time to panic, it’s a time to believe.”

Puck drop tonight is at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Boudreau: There’s ‘no doubt’ Perry will play in Game 1 of West finals

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There are plenty of questions heading into the Anaheim Ducks’ upcoming series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruce Boudreau’s putting a big one to rest, as he told the OC Register that he’s sure that Corey Perry will play in Game 1.

Boudreau said as much even as Perry skips a skating session or two.

“With the time we have off, there’s no rush to get Corey Perry back on the ice,” Boudreau said. “He’s going to get a couple practices before the game and he’s going to play Sunday. There’s no doubt in our minds about that.”

Many had their doubts considering how he left the ice in Game 5 against the Calgary Flames:

He looked tentative when he returned. Of course, he also scored the goal to send them to round three:

Now, Boudreau didn’t say that Perry will be 100 percent, but many would argue that few are at full-strength during this time of year.

Boudreau feels ‘relief’ after making first-ever conference final

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When it comes to regular season success, Bruce Boudreau doesn’t have many equals. Between his past tenure as the head coach of the Washington Capitals and his current gig with the Anaheim Ducks, he has a 363-167-69 record and a points percentage (.664) higher than any other coach that’s served in at least 500 games. That includes the legendary Scotty Bowman, who finished his career with a .657 points percentage.

Boudreau doesn’t get a lot of credit for his regular season success though because his teams haven’t excelled beyond that. In contrast to Bowman’s nine championships as a head coach, Boudreau hadn’t reached the Conference Final until this year.

“It’s a relief that I won’t get asked that question anymore,” Boudreau told NHL.com. “I’m sure now it will be, ‘Well, you’ve never been to the Cup Final.’ For tonight I’m really happy that question won’t be asked of me too often anymore.”

Of course, the way to avoid that question too would be to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final. Anaheim largely cruised through the regular season and only needed nine games to eliminate Winnipeg and Calgary in the first two rounds.

Chicago is an entirely different beast though. The Blackhawks have no shortage of veteran players with postseason success. They possess both star talent and depth. They also earned 4-1 victories against the Ducks in their last two meetings.

This series looks like an uphill battle for Anaheim, but at least Boudreau is closer than ever to his ultimate goal.

Boudreau: Maroon can be a ‘big force’ for Anaheim

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Line combinations change frequently in the NHL, and the Anaheim Ducks aren’t shy about trying out different wingers alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Perhaps they’ve found a more permanent fit in Patrick Maroon, though?

It makes sense in many ways.

Most obviously, the 27-year-old matches up with Perry and Getzlaf in providing a physical presence. NHL.com lists him at 231 lbs., pretty hefty for league standards. He’s been productive in the playoffs so far (four points in five games) and appears to be the Ducks dynamic duo’s most frequent linemate.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told NHL.com that it’s all about Maroon becoming more reliable.

“When you’ve only been in this League for a little over two years, the consistency sometimes isn’t there,” Boudreau said. “That’s the only thing that’s plagued him through the course of the year. When he’s on top of his game, he’s a big force for us, but he’s back on that line because he’s been consistent of late and he’s been playing the same way. There’s no letdown in his game.”

“No letdown” is also a good way to describe how the Ducks played against the Flames in Game 1. We’ll see if Maroon & Co. can keep their impressive run going on Sunday night.

Boudreau on Ducks: ‘We looked more like No. 30 than we did No. 1’

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It was supposed to be a battle between two of the league’s power houses, a potential Stanley Cup final preview, but Sunday’s tilt between the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers was an “old-fashioned butt-kicking” in the words of Bruce Boudreau.

New York chased Anaheim starter Frederik Andersen after he allowed three goals on the Rangers’ first seven shots and never really looked back thumping the Ducks 7-2.

“We looked more like No. 30 than we did No. 1 tonight,” Boudreau said per The Orange County Register. “We couldn’t look at anybody that was really good. We were all in the same boat.”

The loss ended Anaheim’s four-game win streak.

The Ducks lost both meetings with the Rangers this season while being out-scored 11-3.

“We’re going to flush it and move on,” said captain Ryan Getzlaf. “That’s all you can do on these nights. Burn the tape. Move on. Get ready to play the next one. Because tonight was embarrassing. It was terrible.”

Anaheim continues its three-game road trip Tuesday night in Columbus while the Rangers play host to the L.A. Kings on NBCSN.