Center Nick Bonino returned to practice for the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, and this was the first time he practiced since sustaining what has been termed as a severe lower-body injury about a month prior to that. Coach Bruce Boudreau stated that day that he wanted Bonino to play in a few games before the playoff start, and it sounds like Boudreau will get his wish. According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Bonino will be back for the Ducks today at 8:30 p.m. ET and in the line-up to face the Edmonton Oilers, who just lost Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the remainder of the season.
The return of Bonino is a key one for the Ducks as we head into the playoffs, and he has missed six weeks with this lower-body injury that transpired on the 8th of March. Bonino has scored ten points in 23 total appearances this season with 27 shots and goal and an even number of assists and goals.
On Wednesday, the Ducks deemed the proud Boston U. product fit for contact, and the Ducks aren’t wasting any time getting Bonino back in the line-up from the injured reserve. He was expected to start playing next week, but Bonino is going to get right into the thick of things today and will give the Ducks a nice boost. He’ll likely show some rust against the Oilers at the beginning of the game, so it’s good for the Ducks to allow him to get things going in order to have him hit his strides in the playoffs.