Vatanen expected back for Ducks

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The Anaheim Ducks are expected to get Sami Vatanen back in the lineup tonight when they host Colorado.

Vatanen has been out since mid-February with a lower-body injury, and the talented 23-year-old is excited to return.

“It’s been a long four weeks for me sitting there and eating popcorn [for the games],” Vatanen said, per NHL.com. “It’s a fun time to be back in. I think this week I’ve been feeling really good and I’ve been ready to play and I’m just waiting my turn to get back in the lineup.”

Vatanen has 34 points in 57 games and is a big part of an Anaheim power play that’s struggled without him, going just 3-for-31 in the 15 games he’s missed.