IRVINE, Calif. – The Ducks were back at practice on Saturday morning after returning home in the graveyard hours of Friday morning from their two-game road trip.
Joining the usual suspects on the ice were two players who have been out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Jamie Drysdale and Trevor Zegras took part in a full practice together for the first time since Oct. 15.
Max Jones also returned to practice after missing Thursday’s game against the Blackhawks with an upper-body injury that he suffered against the Avalanche in the previous game.
Mason McTavish, who suffered an upper-body injury last week and did not travel with the Ducks on their road trip, was not on the ice. Lukáš Dostál was also not at practice, but his absence is likely short-term and should be clarified ahead of tomorrow night’s game against the Jets.
With an uneven amount of defensemen, Zegras jumped back on defense to pair with Drysdale.
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Tristan Luneau has departed for World Juniors camp with Canada, leaving the Ducks with six active defenseman. Drysdale’s eventual activation would give them seven.
“It’s good to be back out here and kind of really test and see how it would be against other people,” said Drysdale, who had been skating separately from the team along with Zegras and Isac Lundeström. “Glad I got to do that (today), feeling good.”
The young defenseman has been out with a lower-body injury since the second game of the season. The injury has naturally frustrated Drysdale after he missed all but eight games of last season with a torn labrum.
“It’s just as hard mentally as it is physically,” he said. “It sucks when your teammates go out there and you’re not playing. It’s just more having a sense of purpose. When you’re not playing, there’s a pretty big lack of that.”
The Ducks have a lone home game tomorrow against the Jets before heading back out on a four-game road trip. Puck drop for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 5 PM PST.