Injury report.

First, the Ducks’ good news: Both Joffrey Lupul and Petteri Nokelainen returned to practice on Wednesday.

The bad news? Nokelainen, who strained his groin on Sunday, had to leave midway through practice and was to be evaluated by team trainers.

Meanwhile Lupul, who’s had a recurrence of back spasms, made it through practice. But head coach Randy Carlyle said there’s always a level of caution with back injuries.

“I think anytime you have a muscle that goes into – I don’t know if you’d call a cramp – or whatever you want to call it, in the back area, there’s always concern,” Carlyle said. “Usually though if you get a couple good days, then you strtengthen other areas around it – that’s what therapy does – it corrects itself and you can move on.”

The status of both players for Saturday’s regular-season opener against San Jose is yet to be determined.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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