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From Chicago: Hiller Suffers Head Injury in Practice

Saturday, 11.13.2010 / 8:25 PM / News
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From Chicago: Hiller Suffers Head Injury in Practice
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


CHICAGO – The Ducks will be holding their collective breath at least for a while after goaltender Jonas Hiller suffered a head injury during Saturday’s late-afternoon practice at a practice rink near the United Center.

After arriving in Chicago, where they will open a three-game road swing against the Blackhawks on Sunday night, the Ducks took to the ice, only to lose Hiller midway through practice when a shot from a teammate struck the goalie squarely on his facemask.

Hiller went down immediately, desperately shook the catching glove off his right hand and grabbed for his face. A nasty cut near Hiller’s eyebrows was the obvious damage.

After receiving immediate attention from head athletic trainer Tim Clark, Hiller was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for precautionary reasons and received four sutures. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated tomorrow morning.

“It’s unfortunate that those things happen,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “I didn’t see it actually happen. I was doing something else or I wasn’t paying attention to that specific end of the ice.

“He’s obviously cut. We’ll have an assessment done. He’ll probably have an X-ray to make sure there are no broken bones or anything. That’s all I can say at this point.”

Hiller is coming off a 27-save effort in Friday night’s 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. The decision marked Hiller’s fifth consecutive victory, during which he has compiled a 2.35 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Hiller is 8-5-1 overall this season, with 2.84 and .919 numbers, respectively.

Should Hiller be unable to face the Blackhawks, the Ducks would turn to backup goalie Curtis McElhinney, who stopped 27 shots to record his first NHL shutout in Wednesday night’s 1-0 triumph over the New York Islanders at Honda Center.

McElhinney is 2-2-0 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .924 save percentage this season.
 
NOTES
The Ducks' 6-game win streak is their longest since Feb. 17 - Mar. 3, 2008 and equals the longest current streak in the NHL (also WSH, who plays at BUF tonight). It also equals the second-longest in club history and is one shy of the club record, which was set in 1999 (Feb. 20 - Mar. 7)...a look at the longest win streaks in club history:

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS IN CLUB HISTORY

Games   Dates             

7              Feb. 20 - Mar. 7, 1999
*6            Nov. 3 - 12, 2010
6              Feb. 17 - Mar. 3, 2008
6              Jan. 7 - Jan. 18, 2008
6              Mar. 17 – Mar. 25, 2006
6              Jan. 23 – Feb. 6, 2002
6              Mar. 8 – Mar. 22, 1996
*current              

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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