The tug of homecoming is substantial, but instead of a glorious return,
Beauchemin, out since breaking a finger while blocking a shot in a Nov. 25 home game, will be kept out of Thursday night’s game against the
“He’s not playing tonight,” Ducks Coach
Beauchemin previously missed five games (Nov. 9-18) with the mumps, returned and was injured in his third game back. This layoff is now at 10 games with Thursday's absence.
Toughness is not the issue for the 34-year-old. He returned from a torn knee ligament in the 2008-09 season to participate in the playoffs.
On Thursday, he blasted a practice shot to the net, squeezed his hand and nodded affirmatively: He's close.
"We want to make sure he's right, that the finger's healed," Boudreau said.
HEATLEY ALSO OUT: Expect Wednesday recall
ANDERSEN IN FOR 20: Ducks goalie
"I know how to play goalie," he said with a smile.
Andersen allowed four goals on 20 shots in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Toronto, but he’s also minded the net as the Ducks (21-7-5) have ascended to the
"He's durable, played back-to-back last week and was better in the second game than he was the first," Boudreau said.
Bryzgalov gave up two goals on seven shots in relief Thursday, and Boudreau has hinted he'll start Friday in Ottawa.
"The greatest goaltenders have off nights and he's no different, but when he's on, he gives us a chance to win," Boudreau said.