Quack of Dawn: TST’s Ducks Morning Report

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The Sporting Tribune’s Derek Lee reports from the Ducks’ Saturday practice.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Ducks had a short practice at Honda Center on Saturday afternoon with an eye toward tomorrow night’s matchup with the San Jose Sharks.

Anaheim is coming off their second consecutive loss last night, a 6-3 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers. Leo Carlsson had his first-career NHL hat trick in the loss, with Alex Killorn providing the primary assist on Carlsson’s first two goals. Their linemate Troy Terry had the primary assist on Carlsson’s third goal.

“I try to complement (Carlsson and Terry),” said Killorn. “They’re obviously great skaters and make great plays all over the ice. My strengths are protecting pucks and getting pucks back on forechecks, just giving them some room out there. It was really enjoyable playing with (them).”

The two assists were Killorn’s first points as a Duck after he missed a majority of the first month of the season with a fractured finger.

“It’s kind of nice to get started, get on the board (within) the first two games,” he said. “I haven’t played in a long time so to get that gives you some confidence. It was good for me going forward to get those two points.”

Trevor Zegras, who missed last night’s game with what head coach Greg Cronin described as a lower-body injury that’s “been bugging him for a while,” did not practice again today and will presumably not play tomorrow against the Sharks.

Here’s how the Ducks lined up today in practice:

Alex KillornLeo CarlssonTroy Terry
Frank VatranoMason McTavishRyan Strome
Max JonesAdam HenriqueJakob Silfverberg
Brett LeasonBenoit-Olivier GroulxSam Carrick
Ross JohnstonBrock McGinn
Cam FowlerJackson LaCombe
Pavel MintyukovIlya Lyubushkin
Urho VaakanainenRadko Gudas

It appears that Benoit-Olivier Groulx may slot in for Ross Johnston and center the fourth line, with Sam Carrick moving to the wing and right-handed Brett Leason playing his off-wing. Groulx has not played since Nov. 1, when the Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes at home in overtime.