LAS VEGAS – Hampus Lindholm will be out of the Ducks lineup for the third time this season as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night in their first visit to T-Mobile Arena.
Lindholm has an upper-body issue according to Ducks coach Randy Carlyle and the stalwart defenseman is back in Anaheim after flying here with the team from Nashville. His status for this week’s games appears to be in doubt.
Lindholm missed the season’s first seven contests in recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and sat out a Nov. 15 against Boston to rectify a minor lower-body ailment. The Ducks (11-11-5) head back home to play Ottawa on Wednesday and Minnesota on Friday.
“It’ll be something that hopefully it’ll settle down over the next couple of days and he’s ready for us in the short term here,” Carlyle said. “We don’t expect it to be a long-term issue.”
To fill Lindholm’s spot in the lineup, the Ducks recalled Jaycob Megna from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Megna, 24, played in 11 games earlier in the season and had one assist and two penalty minutes. He got his first and only NHL point on Oct. 20 against Montreal.
“We thought that Megs has given us some safe minutes and some solid minutes,” Carlyle said. “Obviously when we get everybody back, it’s a numbers game. Pushes people in and out. We felt that in needing a defenseman for tonight, he was the guy that fit the mold. And that’s the decision we made.”
The Ducks will also be without Jakob Silverberg (upper body) as he is back in Orange County. Silfverberg will miss his third straight game but the possibility exists that he could be back this week.
Rickard Rakell (upper body) does come back into the lineup after a five-game absence. Rakell was taken off injured reserve Monday morning and his addition is a welcome one as the top-line winger leads the Ducks with eight goals and is second in scoring behind Corey Perry with 18 points.
John Gibson (8-10-1, 2.98 GAA,.920 SV%) gets back in net after having Saturday off in Nashville. Gibson has gotten regular rest of late after playing in the first 10 games of the season. He is coming off a 27-save effort Friday in a 3-2 loss to Columbus.
Here is the projected lineup for the Ducks:
Rickard Rakell-Adam Henrique-Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano-Chris Wagner-Kevin Roy
Nick Ritchie-Antoine Vermette-Ondrej Kase
Logan Shaw-Derek Grant-Dennis Rasmussen
Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson
Cam Fowler-Kevin Bieksa
Jaycob Megna-Brandon Montour