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Getzlaf Set to Return vs. Vancouver

Monday, 02.7.2011 / 2:45 PM PT / News
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Getzlaf Set to Return vs. Vancouver
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


Anaheim is getting its captain back full-time.

“Today was exciting,” Getzlaf said. “I felt pretty comfortable the last week here. Today was just that next step. I was able to get in there and play down low.”
Ryan Getzlaf, who has missed the last 14 games with nasal fractures, took part in all of Monday’s practice at Honda Center and deemed himself “ready to play” in Wednesday night’s contest at Vancouver.

“Today was exciting,” Getzlaf said. “I felt pretty comfortable the last week here. Today was just that next step. I was able to get in there and play down low.”

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The Ducks played well in his absence from the lineup, winning 10 of those 14 games. The club currently sits sixth in the Western Conference with 62 points (29-21-4). Head coach Randy Carlyle said the center will only help the team’s playoff push moving forward.

“He didn’t make the trips, but he has been here every day,” Carlyle said. “He’s been a big part of our team and participating behind the scenes. I do not foresee any time needed for him to slip him back into our lineup.

“We know the type of player he is. He has to be on the puck and keep his feet moving. He has to be Ryan Getzlaf and that is the most important thing. We feel we have a world-class player and we’re going to challenge him to prove it in the first game.”

Both Carlyle and Getzlaf did not anticipate any limitations against the Canucks. Prior to his injury, the 25-year-old had totaled 37 points in 40 games and averaged 21:02 of ice time. He will return to centering the team’s top line and be an integral part of the power play unit.

“Now that he’s back in the lineup, we think that gives us more depth in scoring,” Carlyle said. He’s a big part of our team and is our captain. We know his compete level and conditioning level will be there. He’s ready to go.”

Said Getzlaf, “We’ve never really eased into anything before. Whatever we need, I’ll be there. I’ve been working hard the last three weeks and have been able to get myself back into shape. I will play as much as they need me to on Wednesday.”

As one key component to the Ducks attack re-emerges, another remained in limbo. Jonas Hiller, who missed Saturday’s game at Colorado with light-headedness and fatigue, did not skate in practice again, and his inclusion on the rest of the road trip remained in doubt.

“I need to continue to build on the things that have been working for me so far,” McElhinney said. “The last couple of games have gone well. The team is responding with me in the net. Hopefully it continues.”
Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray said during practice that the goaltender was not experiencing any concussion symptoms and the team was working on getting the All-Star’s health back to 100 percent.

“We’re ruling out things as we go,” Murray said. “He feels a little bit better today, but we wanted to try something else today. He has gone to see the doctor. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.  He was just talking to me. He says he feels fine, but just a little off. We don’t want to put a goalie in net, who is just a little off. “

Curtis McElhinney admirably filled in for Hiller against the Avalanche, stopping all 25 shots he faced for his second career shutout (the first came earlier this season on Nov. 10, a 1-0 win over the Islanders).

Getting time in net behind Hiller (second in the NHL with 47 games played) has been scarce. But in the 15 games McElhinney has been able to see some time, he has proven to be effective. Along with the two shutouts in that span, he has a 2.76 goals-against average and .916 save percentage thus far in 2010-11.

“I need to continue to build on the things that have been working for me so far,” McElhinney said. “The last couple of games have gone well. The team is responding with me in the net. Hopefully it continues.”

Said Murray, “Our goaltending here is good. We are really happy. It’s great for the team and it’s great for Curtis. These injuries, to Getzy and Jonas, are good for this team because they are bonding together.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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