It's unclear if Vermette is injured or if he's just being made a healthy scratch. If Vermette is hurt, we'll make sure to update his status.
Francois Beauchemin will serve as a healthy scratch in this one. Rakell is on a five-game point streak and has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last eight contests.
Now that he's finally broken out of the slump perhaps we'll see a bit more production out of him.
The 22-year-old has quite a bit of offensive upside, but we don't expect too much out of him over the second half of the campaign. He'll look to carry over the momentum into Thursday's home game against the Jets.
The veteran has now found the back of the net twice in his last three games.
The 33-year-old now has five goals and seven points in 17 games this season.
Brown took line rushes with those two forwards during the pre-game warmup, so it looks like he'll get a shot with them.
He made his Ducks debut earlier this week after being claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. He's been doing physical therapy and previously said that he's "determined to fully overcome this and return to the ice as soon as possible." He was also seen attending the Ducks' game on Thursday.
The Ducks' 219 minor penalties this season are the highest in the league, so it's not surprising that the Ducks would be frustrated there.
Anaheim is also just middle of the road when it comes to killing penalties too, so the Ducks either need to improve on special teams or find a way to cut down on the penalties.
Kesler tied the game with just 54 seconds remaining in regulation, but they Ducks eventually let the game slip away on an Erik Karlsson power play goal in overtime.
"As players, we’re not sure what penalties are and what they aren’t.
As the ebbs and flows of the game (go), it’s hard to understand what’s going on all the time and maintaining what we want to do to compete.