By Kyle Shohara
Photos from practice
After a nine-day, five-game road trip throughout Canada, the Ducks touched down in Southern California shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Although most took yesterday off, it was a full practice this afternoon at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE.
Among those skating today were injured players Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin, both taking part in the full on-ice session. Perry has missed the past seven games due to a knee injury suffered on Dec. 5 at Minnesota. Beauchemin has been sidelined for the past 12 because of a fractured finger that occurred on Nov. 25 vs. Calgary.
“It’s coming along,” said Perry. “I feel good. It’s nice to actually skate with other guys and have a goalie to shoot on. It was a long week all by myself, but those are things you have to go through in order to come back. It’s good to see everybody.”
Although he’s progressing, Perry says he’s still taking a day by day approach.
“I’m not going to push it, so we’ll see what happens,” said Perry, regarding his status for tomorrow’s game vs. San Jose. “I have to feel confident on the ice. It’s all about how I feel. I’m talking with doctors and trainers, and doing everything that I have to do to be ready.”
Beauchemin says he’s going to play it safe considering (after tomorrow) the team won’t play again until Dec. 27 at Arizona.
“I think I might just take five more days. I don’t want to risk it tomorrow,” said Beauchemin. “As much as I want to play, it’s smarter for me and better for the team if I take tomorrow and the next four days off. Start fresh after Christmas.”
Beauchemin says he’s 100 percent when it comes to shooting and passing, but still feels slight discomfort when engaging in one-on-one battles, especially along the boards, where he says he does most of his work.
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau says that where they’re at in the season – which isn’t even at the halfway mark – and the success they’ve had up to this point, won’t put any added pressure on rushing both Perry and Beauchemin back into the lineup.
“It’s not like we can’t win with either of them out of the lineup, even though we’d love to have them both back in the lineup,” said Boudreau. “If this was the playoffs, this would be a different story, or if these were the last three games and we were fighting for a playoff spot, it would be a different story. At this stage, we just want to make sure they’re better.”
“What would happen if something bad happens in game thirty-six and you lose [them] for eight more weeks?"
Hampus Lindholm also practiced today after being scratched in Friday’s game due to a lower-body injury. Lindholm’s injury occurred in Thursday’s game at Montreal and was not on the ice for the final 10 minutes of regulation.
“I felt good out there,” he said. “It was a small, little injury, so I needed some rest to prevent it from getting worse. It was a short practice, so I’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
Lindholm has points in six of his last eight games (1g/5a) and had a career-high four-game point/assist streak (4a), Dec. 3-10. In addition, the 20-year-old ranks second among league blueliners and tied for sixth overall with a +41 rating since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
PALMIERI UPDATE COMING TOMORROW
Boudreau says the team will know more regarding the status of forward Kyle Palmieri tomorrow.
Palmieri, who suffered an upper-body injury last Tuesday at Toronto, underwent an MRI yesterday. “Right now, we’re hopefully still in the day-to-day stage,” said Boudreau. “We’ll know more at the game when we see the doctors.”