Olausson Is Left Out


Hockey is again a spectator sport for Mighty Duck defenseman Fredrik Olausson.

He has been a scratch four of the last five games after having no goals and one assist in his last six games. Olausson said he was healthy.

“It’s only an issue if you make it one,” Duck Coach Mike Babcock said.

This has been a difficult season for Olausson, who signed a one-year, $1.1-million contract to be part of the power-play beautification program. He has two goals and six points in 28 games.

He lost his spot on the top power-play unit to Niclas Havelid. Olausson then sat out six of seven games in mid-November to work himself into better playing shape. Olausson, 36, had two goals and one assist on power plays during a six-game stretch in mid-December.



Casualty list: Center Marc Chouinard, out with a mild concussion, practiced for a second consecutive day and could be ready tonight. Forward Mike Brown (strained back) suffered a setback in practice Monday and did not practice Tuesday. Forward Mike Leclerc, who missed the Dallas game Sunday, will have his sore left knee drained of fluid today.


The Ducks’ game against San Jose on March 26 has been moved to March 13 so the Arrowhead Pond can be used for the NCAA men’s basketball West Regional.



vs. Edmonton, 7:30

Fox Sports Net 2

Site -- Arrowhead Pond.

Radio -- KSPA (1510).

Records -- Ducks 15-15-7-3; Oilers 18-13-5-5.

Record vs. Oilers -- 0-1-0-0.

Update -- The Oilers lost forward Mike Comrie, who broke his right thumb against San Jose on Monday. Martin Gerber will start in goal for the Ducks.

-- Chris Foster