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Hiller Returns to Practice as Ducks Prepare for Friday

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 4:01 PM / News
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Hiller Returns to Practice as Ducks Prepare for Friday
A familiar face was on the ice this afternoon, as goaltender Jonas Hiller \u2013 fresh off a strong Olympic performance for his native Switzerland \u2013 practiced with the Ducks for the first time since returning from Sochi.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

A familiar face was on the ice this afternoon, as goaltender Jonas Hiller – fresh off a strong Olympic performance for his native Switzerland – practiced with the Ducks for the first time since returning from Sochi.

The 32-year-old netminder finished the tournament ranked second in both SV% (.971%) and GAA (0.67), as the Swiss were eliminated by Latvia in the qualifier for medal play. Hiller posted two shutouts in three appearances (2-1-0), which tied for the tournament lead with Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist and Canada’s Carey Price.

“You can’t really complain about shutouts, but I wasn’t 100-percent happy with the second Latvia game,” he said. “I kind of want that one back. But you can’t expect not to get scored on the whole tournament. At the end, we just weren’t good enough when it counted.”

The schedule immediately following the Olympics benefits Hiller and the six other Ducks Olympians. While most teams resume action on Wednesday and Thursday, the Ducks don’t play until Friday at home against the St. Louis Blues.

Hiller says those extra days off will allow the guys to readjust to the 12-hour time difference.

“Not [playing] until Friday allows us to get some rest and get rid of the jet lag,” he said. “Those extra two days are well worth it. For the fact I pretty much traveled around the world in the past 14 days, I feel pretty good right now. I’m excited to be back.”

Head coach Bruce Boudreau expects most of the guys on the ice Thursday, but says a few might try to skate on Wednesday.

“I think Teemu, Getzlaf and Perry’s first ice showing will probably be Thursday,” he said. “They’ll come here Wednesday, work out, and then get on the ice Thursday. The other guys are scheduled for Wednesday, but it could be as early as tomorrow.

“Cam [Fowler] never likes to take a day off, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he came in and wanted to practice, as would Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen.”

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and Mark Fistric have practiced with the team since the mandated break ended last week, and Boudreau says both are playing without pain.

“They look like they’re good,” he said. “They’re still on IR [injured reserve], but you don’t have to lift them until game time on Friday. They both feel like they’re ready to go.”

Viktor Fasth is currently in Norfolk on a long-term injury conditioning loan, and is scheduled to play Wednesday.

“It’s a day-by-day situation with him,” said Boudreau. “He hasn’t played since November 18 and he doesn’t want to come back not ready to play. He’ll play a couple games down there, and if he feels great, then great.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 49 17 26 6 113 168 40
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 15 35 7 50
C. Perry 35 19 13 13 32
R. Kesler 50 13 19 -3 32
S. Vatanen 50 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 49 19 7 11 26
P. Maroon 42 6 19 1 25
C. Fowler 49 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 49 5 16 12 21
J. Silfverberg 50 6 13 2 19
R. Rakell 39 5 12 2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 7 5 .918 2.27
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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