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Selanne 'Doubtful' for Tonight

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Ducks winger Teemu Selanne is "doubtful" to play tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center, but could be available as early as Saturday in Nashville, according to Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.

"I would say he's doubtful for tonight," Carlyle said following a Thursday morning skate in which Selanne was among the last to leave the ice while skating with a protective padding on his injured left hand. "Just watching him shoot the puck, he's shooting it better than he did yesterday, and hopefully if we have as much growth in these next couple of days, there is a strong possibility he'll be able to play in Nashville."

Selanne hasn't played since December 3 at Dallas, when he broke a bone near the knuckle below his middle finger after taking a shot off the hand. He had pins removed from the hand last week and stitches removed yesterday.

"It's a little premature to put him in right now," Carlyle said. "He's not shooting the puck with the authority we've been accustomed to seeing."

Selanne had 14 goals and seven assists in 27 games before the injury. He's just seven goals away from 600 for his career.
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