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From Colorado: Ducks Take Cautious Approach with Hiller

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Dan Wood

Ducks Radio Analyst

 
DENVER – The Ducks expect to be without all-star goaltender Jonas Hiller when they take on the Colorado Avalanche in a Saturday matinee at Pepsi Center.
 
Jonas Hiller, again today, didn’t feel right, so the situation with him is we’re going to hold him out as long as it takes for him to feel himself again,” Carlyle said. 
Hiller did not take the ice when the Ducks practiced today at the University of Denver, marking the second consecutive day he has not skated.
 
Jonas Hiller, again today, didn’t feel right, so the situation with him is we’re going to hold him out as long as it takes for him to feel himself again,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after practice.
 
After stopping 15 of 17 shots in his first NHL All-Star Game appearance Sunday in Raleigh, N.C., Hiller lasted only 11 minutes, 15 seconds in Wednesday night’s 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Hiller surrendered three goals on 10 shots before being replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney.
 
While he did not practice Thursday, Hiller accompanied the Ducks on their charter flight to Denver later that day and was at the practice rink today.
 
“He had blood work done yesterday in Anaheim,” Carlyle said. “We have no results conclusively telling us he has any kind of blood disorder or blood anything. The tests run were all negative – unless there’s something new that they’re going to run and give us more information on.
 
“He’s just not feeling right. He feels a little lightheaded and whatnot, so we’re not going to put him in any situations on the ice.”
 
Hiller will not play Saturday against Colorado. McElhinney will make the start and the Ducks have recalled Timo Pielmeier from their American League affiliate in Syracuse to back up McElhinney.
 
McElhinney stopped 17 of 18 Sharks shots after replacing Hiller on Wednesday, but absorbed the loss because he was in net for what stood up as the game-winning goal, Ryane Clowe’s power-play strike late in the second period.
 
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, meanwhile, has begun ramping up on-ice workouts in his bid to return to the lineup after having been sidelined since Dec. 28 because of multiple sinus nasal fractures.
 
Getzlaf went hard Friday, during and after practice, remaining on the ice for extra one-on-one battles.
 
“Getzlaf is now participating in physical contact,” Carlyle said. “We’ve been kind of given the next step to make sure (on) his conditioning level. We’re pushing him to physically be involved.”
 
Getzlaf will not play Saturday against the Avalanche, but rather is targeting Wednesday’s game at Vancouver as a potential return date, Carlyle said.

Notes

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has scored a goal in three consecutive games (3-0=3). All three of Fowler’s goals during the streak have come on the power play, making him just the second rookie defenseman in NHL history to record a power play goal in three consecutive games. The only other rookie defenseman in league history to do so was Vancouver’s Michel Petit (Jan. 17-20, 1984).

Fowler, 19, is the first NHL defenseman under age 20 with goals in three straight games since Kevin Hatcher (19 years old) of Washington did so from Mar. 28 - Apr. 1, 1986.
The last NHL rookie defenseman of any age to score a goal in three straight games was Dennis Wideman of St. Louis (Jan. 17-20, 2006). Fowler is the first Ducks rookie defenseman to do so.  
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