Selanne: 'I Think I'm Playing' Against Florida Tonight

The Ducks winger says he thinks he will be in the lineup after missing the last eight games with a fractured jaw

Monday, 02.01.2010 / 2:30 PM / News
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Selanne: \'I Think I\'m Playing\' Against Florida Tonight
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


SUNRISE, Fla. – The Ducks appear set to not only welcome newly acquired left wing Jason Blake, but also the return to the lineup of veteran right wing Teemu Selanne, when they close a season-high, six-game road trip tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Blake, obtained Sunday in a three-player trade that sent popular goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs, went through the first on-ice session with his new teammates during today’s morning skate at the BankAtlantic Center.

Selanne, meanwhile, pronounced himself ready to jump back into action after having missed the past eight games because of a broken jaw suffered Jan. 13 during a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center.

“I think I’m playing,” Selanne said after trying out multiple variations of headgear to protect his still-healing jaw. “I talked to the doctors. Playing tonight or Wednesday (against visiting Detroit) isn’t going to be that much different. I’m very excited to be back in the lineup.”

The jaw, Selanne said, is “obviously not normal,” but with a special, football-style faceguard in addition to his customary visor, there should be enough protection. Selanne also tried out a full face cage during today’s morning skate, but quickly scrapped it.

“That cage, you can’t see very well,” he said.

Selanne and Blake skated on a line with center Saku Koivu this morning. If those three play together, Bobby Ryan would likely move alongside center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry on the top line.

Blake, a former 40-goal scorer with the New York Islanders who had 10 goals and 26 points in 56 games with Toronto this season, is chomping at the bit.

“This is a great opportunity,” he said. “You look at the guys -- there are a lot of great players here. You just want to jump in there and do your best.

“I’m ecstatic. I haven’t smiled so much in three years.”

Like always with a new player, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle isn’t asking Blake to do anything other than be himself.

“We’re just looking for Jason Blake to be a good teammate, come in and work hard, and fit in with our group,” Carlyle said. “When you acquire a player like him, you hope his skill set and speed will add a dimension to your hockey club. We think we can provide him with an environment where he can have some success, but he has to do his part.”

While Blake traveled to south Florida late Sunday, the other player acquired from the Maple Leafs, goalie Vesa Toskala, was unable to do so because of an immigration holdup.

Toskala, too, was apparently happy with being traded to the Ducks.

“He’s doing cartwheels,” Blake said.

Goalie Justin Pogge, recalled Sunday from San Antonio of the American League, is expected to back up starter Jonas Hiller tonight.

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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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