Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Ducks: Back on the road, is Jonas Hiller ready to start?
By Dan Arritt
ANAHEIM — Barring any setbacks, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could soon be back in his familiar role.
Following a full practice Tuesday morning, Hiller traveled with the team for the first time since a recurrence of vertigo-like symptoms during a 4-0 victory in Edmonton on Feb. 13. He has missed 19 of the last 20 games since playing in the All-Star Game Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.
The Ducks play Wednesday in Dallas, followed by Thursday in Nashville and Saturday in Chicago.
“We’ll quite possibly have a decision to make in the next three games,” said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.
Hiller has finally begun to string together successive workouts without experiencing the listless, delayed reaction feeling that first surfaced in the opening period of his first game back from the All-Star break. He allowed three goals on 10 shots Feb. 2 against visiting San Jose and was pulled in the first period of the 4-3 loss.
“I’m not getting that tired anymore and it seems to be more natural to follow the puck,” Hiller said. “I felt pretty good the last couple practices, so I’m definitely excited if it keeps moving forward.”
As far as what to do with goalies Dan Ellis and Ray Emery when Hiller returns from injured reserve, Carlyle said he’ll likely keep all three on the roster. Ellis and Emery have helped the Ducks earn 17 points in their last 11 games and move back to eighth in the Western Conference standings.