Oilers-Ducks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 01, 2012
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.
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