Ducks: Ray Emery earns two stars

Ducks goalkeeper Ray Emery was selected the NHL’s ‘Second Star of the Week’ for his winning performances against St. Louis and the Kings, his first starts in more than a year.

Emery, signed as a free agent Feb. 7 after sitting out the previous 12 months following hip surgery, stopped 61 of 63 shots in the 2-1 victories.

With All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller making progress in his bout with vertigo-like symptoms, the Ducks could face a difficult decision when and if Hiller is ready to come off injured reserve. The club also has Dan Ellis, who came over in a trade with Tampa Bay in February and has been mostly solid as the No. 1 goalie in Hiller’s absence. He has allowed four goals in each of his last two starts, however.

Ellis couldn't hold a three-goal lead Sunday evening against the Calgary Flames. Teemu Selanne saved him from a second straight loss with a tying goal with 2:01 remaining, then Corey Perry won the game in overtime for the second straight night, 5-4.

The Ducks took Monday off following back-to-back grind-it-out overtime victories, earning just enough points to scratch back into eighth place in the Western Conference standings. They face a 10-game wind sprint capped by a weekend doubleheader against the Kings on April 8-9.

In the meantime, Anaheim is scheduled to practice Tuesday morning at Anaheim Ice before traveling to Dallas for Wednesday's game against the Stars at 5:30 p.m. PT. The Ducks follow up with road games Thursday at Nashville and Saturday at Chicago before returning for their next home game March 28 against Colorado.

By then, they could be as high as fourth in the West or as low as 10th. Somewhat more clear is the goalkeeper situation. That only consists of three possibilities.