The Anaheim Ducks are sending forward Teemu Selanne back to California to have oral surgery.
Selanne left Tuesday’s game and did not return after taking a high stick from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn. The 43-year-old lost multiple teeth and needed 40 stitches to repair wounds.
Even in his 21st NHL season the native of Helsinki, Finland is still a productive forward. In 11 games he is averaging 14:35 TOI while scoring three goals and adding four assists. Selanne is currently sitting at 1,437 career NHL points in 1,398 games. He is only 30 points behind former Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita for 14th all-time in NHL scoring.
Expect Dustin Penner (concussion) to be back in the Ducks lineup on Thursday vs. Boston, he will replace Selanne as Anaheim’s 12th forward. If Penner is still not ready to play, 20-year-old Rickard Rakell would slide in.
Alex Ovechkin day-to-day with upper-body injury
Ovechkin was absent from Washington Capitals practice on Wednesday morning and could miss Friday’s game with versus the Flyers.
“Ovechkin was feeling sore in the first period in Vancouver, not sure if he’ll play in Philly. It is not a concussion,” Capitals head coach Adam Oates said.