Ducks winger Teemu Selanne
said this morning he was “very optimistic” about playing tonight despite suffering a shoulder sprain last Sunday night in a 4-2 win over San Jose.
“It’s all about handling the pain, I guess,” said Selanne, who is working with the equipment staff on wearing extra protection on the shoulder. “We’ve got to find something that will work tonight. Everything should be ready.
“We’ll see after warmup. That’s going to be the final decision. But I’m very optimistic.”
Selanne said he’s “not supposed to shoot normally” in practices so as to not put any additional strain on the shoulder. "But there are a lot of things we can do before the game,” he said, “so that in the game I’ll feel normal.”
Center Ryan Getzlaf
, meanwhile, remains questionable after leaving the same game with a re-injured left ankle, the same one that almost kept him from competing for Team Canada in the Olympics. Getzlaf, like Selanne, took part in the morning skate with the rest of the Ducks.
“It’s better than yesterday,” Getzlaf said. “It was a little sore here and there, went out there to test it a little bit and warm it up. We’ll see how it goes tonight. We’ll make a decision come game time.”
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle expressed the same sentiment, saying, “Obviously, we feel they’re getting closer. We’ll have to make a decision after warmups. If they tell me they’re available to play, we’ll make the decision, and I guarantee it will be 100 percent yes, they’ll play.”
Both Getzlaf and Selanne admitted that the situation the Ducks are in – trying to make a last gasp for a playoff spot – makes them want to be in the lineup even more.
“It’s the situation, to an extent,” said Getzlaf, who left Sunday’s game for good early in the third period. “We’re not going to put ourselves in any danger where we can’t finish a game. Last game was a tough one because not being able to finish puts our team in a tough situation. We have a lot of healthy bodies around here that, whether or not you can contribute the whole game, is a big decision when it comes down to it.”
Selanne, in addition to help his team get into contention, is also one goal away from 600 for his career.
“In the situation we’re in, it’s like a playoff game,” he said. “You’ve got to do whatever it takes to get in the lineup. If this happened in November, I might not be playing. We know the situation we’re in and we still have hope. We’ve got to keep battling.”