Theres no panic right now. Weve got to win the next one. The Ducks will have to do so without the services of defenseman Kevin Bieksa . The veteran blue liner sustained a lower-body injury in Game 1. Per Carlyle, the defenseman should be available late in the series. In the first round sweep of the Calgary Flames , Bieksa registered four assists. Hes been one of Carlyles favorite defensemen this season because of his grit and tenacity that falls right into the coachs prefered playing method. Among the Ducks faithful, Bieksas inability to play is either a blessing or a curse. It depends largely on who Carlyle elects to replace him. The coach has two options: Korbinian Holzer or Sami Vatanen . Vatanen has been out since the first game of the Calgary series when he sustained an upper-body injury. He has practiced with the team since Monday and is optimistic he could draw in soon. In Vatanen, the Ducks get an offensive defenseman.

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