Carter Practices, Looks to Return Soon

Ducks center Ryan Carter practiced for the first time since injuring his wrist last Feb. 20 and hopes to get back in the lineup this weekend

Tuesday, 04.01.2008 / 5:38 PM / Features
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Carter Practices, Looks to Return Soon

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

Streaming toward the weekend and the final slate of regular season games, the Ducks know they will be getting one and possible two boosts to their lineup before embarking on playoff action for the third year in a row.

One player the team knows for sure will return is captain Chris Pronger. The 6-foot-6 defenseman is eligible to return from his eight-game suspension Sunday against Phoenix in the season finale at Honda Center. The Ducks may also be getting the added bonus of rookie forward Ryan Carter either against the Coyotes or in Saturday’s game against Los Angeles.

Carter has been out since Feb. 20 with a fractured right wrist sustained on a freak play where it was jammed into a photographer hole cut out in the glass surrounding the ice. He returned to practice on Tuesday at Anaheim Ice for the first time since the injury.

“It felt good to go out there and get a good skate in,” Carter said. “It feels good shooting and passing, but as far as taking contact that’s a different story. Practice and the game are two different things, so it’s day-by-day there.”

After seeing a specialist in his home state of Minnesota over a three-day period last week, Carter is starting to see vast improvement in his wrist that required pins to be inserted and a cast to heal following surgery.

“He’s had a real positive last week,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. “He’s come back and there’s been a huge improvement in his abilities to do some things.”

Said Carter: “It was more therapy, that’s all. He had a different technique. It worked out in the long run, I think. It’s improved quite a bit in the last three days, more so than it had in the previous five.

Initially Carlyle’s plan for Carter on Tuesday only included conditioning drills held at the end of practice. After consulting with the rookie, Carlyle allowed him to participate in all of the team drills.

“It was basically up to him,” Carlyle said. “We’ll see how his body reacts after utilizing that hand for the better part of practice. He felt comfortable enough. Hopefully that’s a good sign.”

Just prior to the injury, Carter’s play was starting to take off, and as a result he was seeing an increased role with the team. After going 27 games into his rookie campaign without a goal, Carter found the net four times in a five-game span from Feb. 8-17.

“Any injury is frustrating,” said Carter, who will switch from jersey No. 52 to 20 upon his return. “The timing of them can be a pain too. It’s part of the game. You can’t pick and choose when you have your injuries. It’s something you deal with.”

With five days between Sunday’s 3-2 shootout victory over Dallas and Saturday’s tilt in Los Angeles, the Ducks will get some much-needed time to collectively heal up and prepare for the final two games and the playoffs. After an off day on Monday, the team will get another day away from the rink on Wednesday.

“I think what we tried to do with it is give our players a chance to rest their mind and the bumps and bruises they accumulated over the hectic schedule we’ve had,” Carlyle said. “It sets up part of the preparation process that’s coming and necessary for the playoff push. But that’s post-weekend. We still need two points to solidify our home-ice position. We know the Dallas hockey club is not going to go away. They’re going to go in and give everything they’ve got to win their remaining games. We have to have the same mindset.”

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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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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