Saku Koivu practiced with the Ducks for a second consecutive day at Wednesday's morning skate, but doctors are stopping the veteran center from playing in a game because of the effects of the concussion he received Oct. 27 in Columbus.
"I got word this morning," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Each day he's getting better, each day he looks better. But its like any injury, youve got to get cleared by the doctors to play. No matter how good he looks in practice, especially with head injuries youre not going to play."
Koivu, who'll turn 39 on Saturday, has two goals and an assist through 12 games, and the Ducks can use him, given the dearth of scoring beyond the first line during the 0-3-1 road trip they just finished.
He looks really good, said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, who usually plays on the third line with Koivu. Not sure whats going on, think hes finishing up with what hes feeling.
He looks good on the ice now. Hes very important to the team, a veteran guy who is very...