By Kyle Shohara
Pictures from practice
Following a 2-1 overtime victory last night against the Vancouver Canucks, the Ducks were back at work this afternoon for a practice at Honda Center that included injured players Tim Jackman, Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri.
Jackman was the recipient of a vicious hit to the head from Sharks forward John Scott in a game at Honda Center on Dec. 22. Scott was subsequently suspended four games by the league. Although Jackman hasn’t played since (he’s missed two games), he was back on the ice this afternoon and says he feels good.
“It’s always good to be back with the guys,” he said. “I’m trying to get back in shape, be ready, so that I can be back in the lineup.”
Jackman appeared to lose consciousness for a brief period after being struck by Scott. But now seven days removed from the incident, Jackman says he’s raring to go.
“It was good to get a couple of days off and get some rest,” he said. “I feel good. We worked hard today and did a little extra skating to get our legs back. I’ll be ready to go whenever the doctors clear me and the coaches say I’m ready to go.” Jackman says he’ll see the doctors tomorrow.
Regarding the status of Perry, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau simply labeled him as a “game-time decision at all times.” Perry still ranks second on the team in goals and fourth overall in points despite missing the past 10 games.
“We keep thinking he’s ready, but until his mindset is that he’s ready to play, I want to hold out and wait until he’s 100 percent,” said Boudreau, who says the same philosophy applies to both Jackman and Palmieri.
“You can’t be playing [around] with those things,” said Boudreau. “We always used to call our legs our moneymakers. With Corey, it’s his legs, hands and head. They’re all moneymakers for him because he uses them so well. It’s something we don’t want to screw around with.”
HEATLEY ON WAIVERS
Earlier today, the Ducks placed veteran forward Dany Heatley on waivers. Sidelined by a groin injury for most of the the season, Heatley was never able to regain his scoring touch. The 33-year-old didn't record a point in six games this season.
“At some point, we have to make some moves,” Boudreau said, referring to the imminent return of forwards Jackman, Perry (lower body) and Palmieri (upper body). “It’s unfortunate. [Dany's] a great person, but once you get hurt in camp, it’s hard to come in midseason when you’ve missed everything. We can’t make decisions on what’s going to happen to him until we see if he clears by tomorrow.”