Hiller Returns to Practice as Ducks Prepare for Friday

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 4:01 PM / News
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
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 2 2 2 4 4
C. Perry 2 1 1 3 2
M. Beleskey 1 1 1 1 2
F. Beauchemin 2 0 2 0 2
A. Cogliano 2 1 0 0 1
M. Perreault 2 1 0 0 1
K. Palmieri 2 1 0 -1 1
T. Selanne 2 0 1 0 1
N. Bonino 2 0 1 0 1
P. Maroon 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 2 0 0 .930 2.50
 

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