Toni Lydman doubtful for Game 4
DETROIT -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, injured on a hit from Detroit's Justin Abdelkader in the second period of Game 3, didn't practice on Sunday with the team and is doubtful for Monday's Game 4.
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Justin Abdelkader was banned 2 games for his hit on Toni Lydman, and if the Ducks defenseman is out for long, it would be a blow to a defense that relies on his steadiness and contributions on the PK, Craig Custance writes. Blog
According to the Ducks, Lydman is still suffering from a sore neck and migraines.
"Bright lights are bugging him. I don't know when that's going to not be there," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "If we're going minute by minute, day by day, tomorrow is very questionable for him."
Boudreau said that Sheldon Souray, who was a healthy scratch in Game 3, will draw into the lineup if Lydman can't go. Souray is a capable replacement but any loss of Lydman, who has a history of concussions, would be a blow for the Ducks defense.
"I think it's a big loss. He's playing valuable minutes down the stretch and he's played in big playoff games in the past," Boudreau said. "He doesn't rattle easily. He's one of those guys that you don't see a lot of flash from but at the end of the day, he doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He's a very strong individual."