Vatanen (upper body) will sit out Game 4 against the Flames on Wednesday. Anaheim managed to win the first three games against Calgary's hockey club in this quarterfinal round -- including the last two without Vatanen -- albeit by a one-goal margin in each contest. The Finn is a fine two-way player, delivering copious assist and blocked-shot totals on a yearly basis, but Shea Theodore has more than softened the blow of Vatanen's absence by ringing up two goals and three assists so far in the series.
Vatanen (upper body) did not suit up for Game 3 against the Flames on Monday. The blueliner was a game-time decision heading into the contest but wasn't able to play through his injury. The Ducks are up 2-0 in the series, which may have prompted Vatanen to take a couple extra days to rest in advance of Game 4 on Wednesday. The Finn recorded four shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and no points through the first two games of the series despite receiving nearly eight minutes of combined power-play time.
Vatanen (upper body) will make the decision on whether he suits up against the Flames on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. With coach Randy Carlyle removing himself from the decision-making process, one would imagine that Vatanen would be eager to get back onto the ice. On the flip side, the Ducks are currently leading the series 2-0, so the blueliner may decide another night off would be more beneficial in the long term. If the 25-year-old does give it a go, look for Korbinian Holzer to get bounced from the lineup.
Vatanen (upper body) will travel with the team to Calgary for Monday's game and his status will be reassessed Monday morning. After missing Saturday's game, it doesn't seem good for the defenseman, but more information will be available Monday morning. The Ducks will miss his offensive production if he sits out another contest, as he scored 24 points in 71 games this season.
Vatanen (upper body) told reporters he was ready to suit up against Chicago on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Getting Vatanen back in the lineup couldn't come at a better time for the Ducks as they are already over extended on the blue line. The 25-year-old hasn't offered much offensively of late with just three assists in his last 14 outings but should provide some much needed defensive support. The Finn is third on the team in ice time per game (21:41) and could see an uptick Thursday due to the number of missing players.
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