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From Chicago: Hiller Suffers Head Injury in Practice

Saturday, 11.13.2010 / 5:25 PM PT / 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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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