EDMONTON, Alberta – Kevin Bieksa and Ondrej Kase appeared back on the Ducks’ radar for Game 6 but neither saw the ice when the final lineup decisions were made.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle had deemed the two injured players as “options” for him but Bieksa and Kase weren’t used in team’s 7-1 loss to Edmonton in Game 6. Kase and Bieksa did participate in the team’s optional skate Sunday morning at Rogers Place, indicating there was improvement with both.
The Ducks have two days off until Game 7 against Edmonton and that figures to give them time to become fully available. Bieksa is coming back from an apparent leg injury suffered in Game 1. Kase has been dealing with a lower-body suffered early in Game 4 when he received a cross check from Oilers left wing Milan Lucic in front of the team benches.
Nic Kerdiles remained in the lineup after making his NHL playoff debut in Game 5. Patrick Eaves and Logan Shaw were back in Orange County, with Eaves sitting out for a third consecutive game because of a foot injury incurred in a Game 3 collision with Edmonton’s Patrick Maroon.
Shaw appeared to hurt himself when taking a shot in the first overtime Friday. Korbinian Holzer was inserted in as a forward on the fourth line after returning to the team Sunday. Holzer had went back to Germany to attend to a family matter.
The Oilers played Game 6 without minutes-eating defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Andrej Sekera, whom Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said won’t return for the balance of the series. Sekera left Game 5 in the first period after getting hit by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf along the sideboards.
Eric Gryba made his first appearance in the series. Gryba was on the Oilers’ third pairing with Darnell Nurse as Matt Benning got bumped up to the second pair alongside Kris Russell. Benning had an assist in more than 23 minutes of action and earned some rave reviews.
“I thought Matt Benning had a tremendous night all over the rink, particularly on the power…