Oilers-Ducks Preview

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

play.

“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

year.

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

March 5.

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

straight season.

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

what happens.”

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

Saturday.