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Getzlaf to take warm-ups, could play vs. Avalanche

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf was talking to coach Bruce Boudreau when reporters were allowed into the Anaheim Ducks locker room Wednesday.

Presumably the two were discussing Getzlaf's status for the game against the Colorado Avalanche, but they could have been talking about the Rihanna concert Getzlaf attended the previous night.

"I loved the concert," Getzlaf said. "It was really good."

Regarding whether he will return from a three-game absence from a leg injury, Getzlaf looked more active at the skate but did not take part in the regular line rushes. He did sound optimistic, though, one week after he got tangled up with Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars.

"It felt good," Getzlaf said. "Things are moving along the way we wanted to, and there's a good chance I'll be in the lineup tonight. We’ll see."

Will he be in the lineup?

"We'll know that come puck drop," he said. "I don't know that yet. I don't have answer for you again. To be honest, I don't have answer."

Boudreau said after the game Monday he expected Getzlaf for Wednesday but said the captain was a game-time decision. Getzlaf said he doesn't have a timetable.

"He's taking warm-up," Boudreau said. "He feels good. What else can you say? He wants to play. He feels he's capable of playing. I don't know if anybody's 100 percent at this time of the year, but I mean, he said, 'I can skate. I can shoot, and I can do that.' So we'll see how it goes."

Anaheim can afford to rest Getzlaf sitting second in the Western Conference with eight games remaining. It has gone 2-1 without him, including a win against the Los Angeles Kings.

"He would only play if he's 100 percent," Boudreau said. "That's the way it is. But you've got to rely on him telling you that's the case."

Reaction to Giguere: This is Colorado's first game since Jean-Sebastien Giguere ripped his teammates and said their approach was "embarrassing." Coach Jose Sacco said they've moved past it, but Paul Stastny said it got their attention.

"I think everyone took it different ways," Stastny said. "I see where he's coming from. I think he regrets some of the things he said. Some of the things he said maybe should have been internal. But at the same time ... sometimes you do say something like this, it will open people's eyes. I think maybe there's some guys that don't get the message all the time, but by doing this I think it will open those people's eyes. In one sense I think it had to be said."

Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday:


Jamie McGinnMatt DuchenePA Parenteau

Gabriel LandeskogPaul StastnyDavid Jones

Cody McLeodRyan O'Reilly - John Mitchell

Patrick BordeleauMark OlverDavid Van Der Gulik

Erik JohnsonMatt Hunwick

Greg ZanonTyson Barrie

Jan HejdaStefan Elliott

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Sami Aittokallio

Scratched: Aaron Palushaj, Chuck Kobasew

Injured: Milan Hejduk (shoulder), Semyon Varlamov (hip), Steve Downie (knee), Ryan Wilson (ankle)

Notes: Stastny returns from a foot injury. There were no line rushes and Sacco said he didn't know who would come out, but did say Palushaj will sit. Sacco said Hejduk is a possibility for Wednesday. ... Aittokallio joined the team late Tuesday and will serve as backup. The Finnish goalie said it will be fun seeing Teemu Selanne out there. "It's going to be huge," Aittokallio said.


Bobby RyanRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Kyle PalmieriMatthew LombardiTeemu Selanne

Daniel WinnikSaku KoivuAndrew Cogliano

Radek DvorakDavid SteckelEmerson Etem

Sheldon SourayFrancois Beauchemin

Luca SbisaBen Lovejoy

Bryan AllenCam Fowler

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Scratched: Brad Staubitz, Peter Holland, Toni Lydman

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower body)

Notes: Bonino has begun skating about a month after he went down with a lower-body injury. Beaudreau said the goal is to get him into a regular-season game before the finale. "He feels really good, but it's the timetable that we're taking him on," he said.

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