Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said today after practice that they hope to regain the services of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere in time for the four-game road trip that starts next Wednesday in New Jersey.
Giguere has not been in uniform the past five games after re-aggravating a strained groin in a loss to Columbus on Oct. 24. He has been taking part in full practices the last couple of days and Carlyle says he has shown improvement.
“I think he looks good,” Carlyle said. “He’s starting to feel more confident and comfortable in a lot of the situations. Our target is hopefully he can start to provide backup status next week on the road trip.”
Meanwhile, the Ducks are guaranteed the return of another player who has been missing the last couple of games -- defenseman James Wisniewski. The two-game suspension Wisniewski served for a hit on Shane Down last Saturday night in Phoenix ran out last night, and Wisniewski will face that same Coyotes team tomorrow night at Honda Center.
Carlyle ensured that Wisniewski will be in the lineup, and he hopes the punishment won't cause the gritty d-man to alter his approach. “He’s got to play his game,” Carlyle said. “Just be himself. Play hard. I don’t think you have to worry about his commitment to the battle. But he can’t be sidetracked. Our focus is winning the hockey game. Anything short of that is unacceptable.”
Notes Center Todd Marchant was missing from practice today at THE RINKS - Anaheim Ice, and Carlyle explained his absence was due to some dental work.
“They gave him the gas to put him to sleep for a while,” Carlyle quipped. “There wasn’t use bringing him to the rink in that frame of mind.”