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Ducks to utilize speed with physical Tim Jackman, Mark Fistric injured

April 06, 2014|By Lance Pugmire
  • Ducks forward Tim Jackman checks Sharks defenseman Justin Braun along the boards in a game last month in San Jose.
Ducks forward Tim Jackman checks Sharks defenseman Justin Braun along… (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…)

The loss of Ducks forward Tim Jackman, the team's penalty minutes leader who sustained a broken hand when struck by a shot during his final shift Friday, along with the absence of tough defenseman Mark Fistric, who has a lower-body nerve issue, alters the team’s physical nature.

“Where we were a big, imposing team, now we’re more of a speed team,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We play the same way, so ... ”

Jackman required surgery on his hand. Fistric could return next week.

The Ducks recalled forward Devante Smith-Pelly from minor-league Norfolk on Saturday. He’ll play tonight alongside center Nick Bonino.

“Every time we phone down there, [Smith-Pelly] is the best player. We expect good things from him,” Boudreau said.

Smith-Pelly said he’s prepared to play physically.

“There’s a chance for me to fill that role, and maybe even chip in a couple [goals],” Smith-Pelly said.

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