That dreaded trip to the dentist's office turned out to be less unpleasant than anticipated for
Selanne, 43, was struck on Oct. 29 with a high stick from
Selanne said the four front upper teeth knocked out by Schenn were "fake ones," replacements for originals he had previously lost. There was no need for oral surgery, just some cement applied to insert a new four-tooth bridge in his mouth.
Selanne practiced Tuesday with the Ducks at
"I was lucky in many ways, it could've been way, way worse," said Selanne, who has had all the stitches removed. "The mouthguard saved me. It was just a half hour to put the new ones in."
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Selanne is day-to-day and his playing status for the Phoenix game will be evaluated after Wednesday's morning skate.
"I'm ready," Selanne said. "I skated today, and I've been skating a couple days already."
NHL teams are expected to pursue Hiller. He's in the final year of a contract that pays him $4.5 million this season.
Does Hiller expect to last the season with the Ducks?
"I don't know," he said. "I can't decide everything. The only thing I can do is play as good as possible. That gives me the most opportunity for next summer. We have a good team here. It's way more fun to have success as a team and personally. If the team plays well, it's better for a goalie. I like it here. I'd love to stay."
Boudreau dismissed the suggestion Hiller has become expendable.
"Hiller's a great goalie and gives us great depth," Boudreau said. "Andersen's played good, but it's a very small sample size. Hiller's been great for five years. You're not giving up on anybody who has been that good for you, who's won playoff rounds for you, and then . . . anoint a guy who's won four games."
Forward Matt Beleskey (broken left thumb) practiced with a light wrap over his thumb and can expect to play "sooner, rather than later," Boudreau said.
When: 7 PST.
Where: Honda Center.
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Record vs. Coyotes: 1-0.
Etc.: Coyotes defensemen had scored at least three points in five straight games before the streak ended in Saturday's shootout win over San Jose.