Corey Perry is back skating with the Anaheim Ducks.
Whether he’s healthy enough Saturday to help the visiting Ducks in their attempt at beating the Los Angeles Kings for the second time in four days remains to be seen.
Perry ranks among the NHL leaders with 11 goals despite missing four straight games with what was diagnosed as the mumps. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin was diagnosed with the same condition, and it’s also uncertain if he’ll sit out a third consecutive contest. Additionally, offseason acquisition Dany Heatley (groin) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Though Perry skated prior to Anaheim’s practice Thursday and hasn’t ruled out a return for this contest, he must regain more strength and build up enough stamina after being hospitalized for three days.
"It’s going to take some time," he told the Ducks’ official website. "Hopefully I can do all the right steps to get ready. It’s mostly the lungs. Being weak is the most noticeable thing.
"I had the swollen jaw and the swelling in my face that led to headaches. I had the body aches and fever, too. Those things weren’t fun."
Perry was eligible to come off injured reserve Wednesday, when Anaheim (11-3-3) halted its 0-0-3 stretch with a 6-5 home shootout victory over Los Angeles to extend its point streak to six games. Ryan Kesler recorded two third-period goals and an assist before scoring in the shootout as the Ducks prevailed in the first meeting since their 6-2 home loss to the Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
"It was intense and fun," said Kesler, the former Vancouver forward who experienced the Freeway Faceoff for the first time. "It was two good teams going against each other. It kind of had the same feeling as the Kings-Canucks rivalry."
After blowing a 5-3 third-period lead at Anaheim, Los Angeles’ 2-0-2 stretch ended with a 2-0 home loss to Dallas on Thursday.
"We chased it from the first period on," forward Justin Williams told the Kings’ official website. "On a back-to-back that’s tough, but it simply wasn’t good enough. There wasn’t enough fight."
Los Angeles (8-5-4) failed to score on the power play for a fifth consecutive contest and is 1 for 27 in the last nine.
Jonathan Quick, who was rested Thursday, likely will be in goal after he made 44 saves against Anaheim. He’s 6-0-1 with a 0.84 goals-against average in his last seven home starts.
It’s uncertain if Frederik Andersen will be in the Anaheim net after he was pulled in the second period Wednesday for allowing three goals on 10 shots. Backup and ex-King Jason LaBarbera made 14 saves in relief and stopped two of three shots in the shootout to earn the victory.
"You never know what can happen in this game," LaBarbera said.
Andersen, who went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA versus Los Angeles during the regular season in 2013-14, still ranks among the league leaders with a 1.77 GAA and is 4-0-0 on the road.
Marian Gaborik scored off LaBarbera in the shootout and recorded his second goal in as many games Wednesday before being held off the scoresheet Thursday. Gaborik had six goals with four assists against the Ducks in last season’s playoffs.
The Kings will be without Alec Martinez, who had finger surgery Friday, but they’re hoping to get back fellow defenseman Robyn Regehr for this game.