Ducks rule out Bieksa for Game 4, Eaves still questionable


Anaheim could be without two of its most veteran skaters as it looks to even up the series in Edmonton tomorrow.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who sat out Game 3 with a lower-body injury, is definitely out on Wednesday, head coach Randy Carlyle confirmed this afternoon. Carlyle also said that forward Patrick Eaves — who didn’t skate today — remains questionable, adding that if the 33-year-old doesn’t take to the ice tomorrow morning, he’s unlikely to suit up.

Eaves is reportedly in a walking boot, and there’s no word how he got hurt. But he didn’t play much in the third period of Anaheim’s victory on Sunday. He ended up logging just 12:33 of ice time, considerably less than the 21:46 he got in Game 2.

As for Bieksa, he was enjoying a pretty good playoff prior to getting injured. He racked up four assists in five games, while averaging just under 17 minutes per night. Carlyle is holding out hope the 35-year-old could return later in the series.

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