The Anaheim Ducks will get a big blueline presence back when they host the Coyotes tonight.
Bryan Allen, the 6-foot-5, 225 pound rearguard that’s missed all 14 games this year with a lower-body ailment, is expected to be in the lineup this evening and make his season debut in the process.
Allen, 34, scored 10 points in 68 games for the Ducks last season — averaging 17:33 TOI per game — then upped that total to over 18 during the playoffs, in which he played all of Anaheim’s 13 contests. With him back in the lineup, head coach Bruce Boudreau will have almost his full compliment of defensemen available; the only one missing will be Ben Lovejoy, who is on injured reserve with a broken hand.
(Veteran Sheldon Souray, who hasn’t played since the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, is on non-roster injured reserve with a wrist problem.)