Hiller Returns to Practice as Ducks Prepare for Friday

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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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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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