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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Tuesday

Well the best Ducks news in a while announced today. Getzy, Nieds and Schnedier may all be ready for Thursday's game against Columbus. I hope this all comes to pass as we need the help. Any ways, here is the rest of the news.

Getzy, Nieds and Schneider may be back and some notes from the Oiler game
Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle offered a ray of hope amid a four-game losing streak.

After Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Carlyle said that forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Rob Niedermayer along with defenseman Mathieu Schneider could be available for Thursday's home game against Columbus.

"I would suspect that the majority of them will be back at that time," Carlyle said. "That's a very strong possibility."

Getzlaf and Niedermayer both sat for the second consecutive game with Getzlaf nursing a wrist injury and Niedermayer sidelined by a groin strain. Both did take part in Saturday's practice at Anaheim Ice.

Schneider also practiced and the puck-moving defenseman's return could be a major boost to a team struggling mightily on the power play. The Ducks went scoreless in three chances Sunday and now rank 28th in the league at 10.7% (eight for 75).

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MVN has a report from the Ducks visit to CHOC
The Ducks players were scheduled to make a Halloween visit to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) this afternoon. In addition to spending time doing Halloween arts and crafts projects with the children, the playerswere also signing autographs, posing for pictures and talking with parents and siblings of the patients.

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A new Ducks Weekly Report has been posted

A LOOK AHEAD: Following a two-day break, the Anaheim Ducks will return to Honda Center tomorrow to prepare for their Thursday night home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets…the Ducks will then face Pacific Division opponents in their next 10 consecutive games, six of which will be at Honda Center…Anaheim will play Los Angeles and Phoenix three times, and Dallas and San Jose twice from Nov. 3-25…the Ducks currently own a record of 1-3-0 in divisional play.
Members of the Ducks will visit patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange on Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in celebration of Halloween tomorrow…as part of the afternoon schedule, visiting players and staff will join children at the hospital in Halloween arts and crafts…in addition, players will be signing autographs, posing for pictures and talking with the parents and siblings of the patients…media members are invited to attend the event at CHOC, which is located at 455 S. Main St. in Orange.

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Bobby Ryan gets profiled by

Portland Pirates rookie right wing Bobby Ryan went a long way at the start of the season just to eventually take a few strides in reverse.

Ryan started with Anaheim, joining the Ducks for their pair of games in London to start the NHL season. He then returned to North America for contests in Detroit and Columbus. He stuck around for a trip to Pittsburgh, but once there was informed he was moving to the Pirates.

Ryan arrived in Portland on Oct. 6 and played that night, contributing an assist. Last week was his first AHL three-in-three stretch, with contests at Springfield, Worcester and Lowell.

Good thing he spent much of his summer working on leg strength.

“Your first (career) NHL game, you’ll go just about anywhere,’’ he said of the London trip. “It’s tough. You want to play at home, you want to get in a comfort level. I’ll get the chance to do it here.’’

Perhaps the wonder of Ryan’s start -- one goal, five assists in seven games -- is that he’s getting all his rest on an air mattress. That’s about the extent of his furnishings in the two-bedroom apartment he calls home in Portland.

That, and a 62-inch flat screen TV. Priorities, you know.

“I have an air mattress for now, but I have a bed coming next week,’’ he said. “It’s not that bad, but I have to make do. It doesn’t bother me. It’s better than living out of a hotel room and a suitcase.’’

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