Giguere Getting Close

Friday, 10.12.2007 / 7:01 PM / Features
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Giguere Getting Close
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks injury report is getting to close to being free of sports hernia problems for the first time since both Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Samuel Pahlsson had surgery in the offseason to correct the injury.

With the Ducks having welcomed Pahlsson back to the lineup against Boston in the home opener, it appears Giguere’s return is in the imminent future with Sunday’s game against Minnesota being a possibility.

“If I have to put a percentage on it, I’m close to 100. I’m in the upper 90s. It’s a lot of progress,” Giguere said after Friday’s practice.

Although Pahlsson’s surgery on Sept. 7 took place a month after Giguere’s, the netminder’s procedure was more extensive.

“I got a groin release when I did my surgery and that is what is holding me back right now,” Giguere said, referring to a procedure in his surgery that was not part of Pahlsson’s. “Sammy only got the hernia surgery. My hernia’s been feeling great for probably over a month now. It’s just two different surgeries.”

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the nature of the goalie position is another reason Giguere’s return is taking longer than Pahlsson’s.

“A goaltender is in a situation where he’s down a lot more and using those muscles actively. You’re talking about a butterfly goalie, he’s down there all the time,” Carlyle said.

Andy McDonald said all the Ducks are looking forward to Giguere’s much-anticipated 2007-2008 season debut when the time comes.

“He’s obviously a huge part of our team. He gives that extra confidence on the ice,” McDonald said. “We’ve had a lot of success with him in the net. Everyone I think elevates their game a little bit when we know he’s back there.”
 

Notes:
Also of note on the injury front is the slight progression of the defenseman Mathieu Schneider’s broken ankle, which he suffered in the team’s second preseason game at Los Angeles on Sept. 15. While there is no timetable for his return, Carlyle said the news following a Wednesday x-ray was encouraging. “The x-ray is showing that there’s no displacement and it’s starting to heal,” Carlyle said after Friday’s practice. “He still walks with a limp, it still has the cast, but he is becoming more active. He’s started more of a vigorous treatment and more of an intense workout with some load bearing on it.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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