It’s safe to say that Teemu Selanne will get the biggest cheers
during the Anaheim Ducks’ home finale Sunday night.
Selanne has not yet committed to returning for the 2012-13
season as he takes the ice at home for the final time this season
when the Ducks meet the Edmonton Oilers.
The veteran winger will turn 42 in July but continues to be
productive, leading Anaheim (33-34-11) with 64 points. He has not
yet decided whether he wants to come back for an eighth season with
the Ducks and 20th overall.
Selanne and the Ducks, who have captured their regular-season
home finales in each of the last four seasons, will try to bounce
back after coming up empty on 44 shots against Mike Smith in
Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Phoenix. Anaheim went 0 for 6 on the power
“It was one of those nights where we weren’t going to beat that
guy,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When Bobby Ryan beats him and
hits (Phoenix’s) Boyd Gordon in the back of the head and it bounces
over the net, nothing was going to go in.”
These eliminated teams meet twice over the last week of the
regular season, including a rematch Wednesday in Edmonton. The
Ducks have won five straight in the series, but the Oilers
(31-38-9) are searching for their second three-game road winning
streak of 2011-12.
Anaheim is out of the playoffs for the second time in three
seasons, while Edmonton will miss out for the sixth straight
The Ducks, who are trying to win six straight in this series for
the first time, are 10-1-0 in their last 11 matchups with the
Oilers. They won 5-0 on the road Jan. 13, and 4-2 in Anaheim on
Corey Perry has a team-high four goals in the season series,
Ryan Getzlaf has four assists and Selanne and Ryan have added three
points apiece. Ryan needs two goals to reach 30 for the fourth
The Ducks’ offensive stars will be facing a depleted group of
defensemen as Edmonton begins a two-game trip. The Oilers’ Jeff
Petry took a puck in the face and left in the second period of
Friday’s 4-1 home loss to Los Angeles.
“He went for a CAT scan just to check and see if there’s any
kind of a fracture in that sort of that upper jaw area,” Edmonton
coach Tom Renney said. “So far it appears that everything is fine,
we’re just doing it as a precaution.”
Precaution or no, Petry did not travel with the team to
California. Veteran blueliner Ladislav Smid also didn’t make the
trip after suffering a neck injury late in Friday’s first period,
nor did Theo Peckham (concussion).
The Oilers have dropped consecutive home games to playoff
contenders, also falling 3-1 to Dallas on Wednesday. Their effort
was worse Friday as they were outshot 32-14 by the Kings.
“We’re hanging on for dear life trying not to embarrass
ourselves,” Renney said. “When you do that, normally that’s exactly
Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller is 9-2-0 with a 1.96 goals-against
average in 11 starts against Edmonton. Hiller will likely start
after former Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers got the nod