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Selanne back in lineup for Ducks

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 4:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Selanne back in lineup for Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks had a special present waiting for them when they returned home for their first game after eight on the road.

Teemu Selanne, who sat out the final three games after losing four teeth and needing stitches to close cuts around his mouth after being hit in the face with a stick during a game in Philadelphia on Oct. 29, will be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Selanne skated Wednesday morning, took line rushes with Mathieu Perreault and Devante Smith-Pelly, and afterward told reporters he was ready to go.

"It looks like Teemu is ready to play," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the team's website. "The old guy heals quickly. What can I say? It's just another reason why he's been in the game so long and why he's done so well. He wants to come back and play. It looked really bad when it happened, but the stitches are out and he's looking fine right now."

Selanne has three goals and four assists in 11 games.

The Coyotes bring a five-game win streak into the game, and a regulation win would move them ahead of the Ducks and San Jose Sharks for the top spot in the Pacific Division.

Here is how the lineups could look when they take the ice at Honda Center:

COYOTES

Shane Doan - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata

Rob Klinkhammer - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker

Lauri Korpikoski - Mike Ribeiro - David Moss

Paul Bissonnette - Kyle Chipchura - Jordan Szwarz

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris

Zbynek Michalek - Rostislav Klesla

Mike Smith

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Andy Miele, David Rundblad

Injured: David Schlemko (lower body), Jeff Halpern (back)

DUCKS

Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Devante Smith-Pelly - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Emerson Etem - Nick Bonino - Kyle Palmieri

Daniel Winnik - Rickard Rakell - Andrew Cogliano

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Bryan Allen - Luca Sbisa

Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Patrick Maroon, Mark Fistric, Sami Vatanen

Injured: Matt Beleskey (thumb), Sheldon Souray (wrist), Saku Koivu (head), Jakob Silfverberg (hand), Viktor Fasth (lower body)

Quote of the Day

It's always a little bit weird, but it moves on. They've got a good team, and they played well tonight. I think that's just part of it.

— Peter Laviolette on facing his former team (Flyers) for the first time since his departure