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Ducks Defenceman Kevin Bieksa to Miss Game 2

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The Ducks will be without Kevin Bieksa for Game 2. Sami Vatanen might return.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Some injury news from sunny California this afternoon, the Ducks will be without Kevin Bieksa tonight for Game 2 of the Oilers/Ducks series. From the Anaheim Ducks Twitter account.

Bieksa has played in all of the Ducks five playoff games this season, recording four assists in the Ducks first round beating of win over the Calgary Flames and averaging over 19 minutes a night. In Game 1 against the Oilers he left after playing just 7:03 when he suffered the “lower body injury” that will keep him out of the Duck lineup this evening.

A replacement for Bieksa has not yet been announced, but an earlier tweet from the Ducks hints that it might be Sami Vatanen who last played in Game 1 of the series against Calgary.

If it is Vatanen that draws in for the injuries Bieksa, this is something that could help the Ducks in Game 2 and potentially beyond. Bieksa has a lot of playoff experience but is starting to show some signs of age. His CF% this season was the second worst among Ducks defenders at 45.2%; Vatanen was much closer to break even at 48.9%. With Bieksa being a former Canuck there are probably a few Oilers fans who will be happy to see him out of the lineup tonight, I’m not one them.