Niedermayer Meets with Teammates

Tuesday, 12.11.2007 / 6:39 PM / News
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Niedermayer Meets with Teammates

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

Back home from a three-game road trip, the Ducks and their returning former captain, Scott Niedermayer, finally got the chance to get reacquainted on Tuesday.

In an optional day of practice at Honda Center, Niedermayer took to the ice with teammates Jonas Hiller, Kent Huskins, Brad May, Drew Miller, Geoff Platt, Brian Sutherby and recent call-up Bruno St. Jacques.

It was the first time the Conn Smythe Trophy winner has had the chance to skate at Honda Center or practice with any of his teammates since announcing his plans to return. The Ducks departed for the road the morning of Dec. 6, around the same time Niedermayer practiced for the first time at Anaheim Ice.

“I had a little practice with some of the guys today. It was nice to get around other players on the ice in different situations,” Niedermayer said. “It was different than skating by myself the last few days. I felt good out there.”

While the entire team did not practice, Niedermayer was able to see most of his teammates in and around the locker room for the first time in a long time on Tuesday.

“It was fun. It’s pretty nice to get back and say hello again and be able to hang out,” Niedermayer said. “When you’re around them everyday, sometimes you start to get a little bored or maybe you want a day away from them. But when you’re away from them, it’s nice to get back. I have a lot of good friends here and we’ve had some pretty good experiences the last two years as a group.”

Niedermayer said he would like to return to the lineup as quickly as possible, but that Wednesday’s game against Vancouver may be a stretch. He is officially listed as "doubtful" by the Ducks.

“I would guess that will be a tough one to make. I think that may be a long shot,” said Niedermayer in reference to Wednesday’s game against the Canucks, who were eliminated from last year’s playoffs by way of Niedermayer’s goal in the second overtime during Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

If it’s not Wednesday, Niedermayer, who is eager to get back, should make his much-anticipated return at some point during this homestand, which consists of three games concluding Sunday against San Jose.

“I think the timeline is as quick as possible,” Niedermayer said. “I’m a little nervous stepping in like this without a warmup or an exhibition. There’s no time for that. It will be different, but I’m excited for sure.”

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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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