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Craig Hartsburg


C - Matt Cullen, Travis Green, Josef Marha, Steve Rucchin, Marty McInnis. LW - Johan Davidsson, Ted Drury, Stu Grimson, Paul Kariya, Jim McKenzie. RW - Antti Aalto, Jeff Nielsen, Tomas Sandstrom, Teemu Selanne. D - Mike Crowley, Kevin Haller, Jason Marshall, Frederik Olausson, Jamie Pushor, Ruslan Salei, Pascal Trepanier, Pavel Trnka. G - Guy Hebert, Dominic Roussel.


Josef Marha, c (sprained ankle, day-to-day); Tomas Sandstrom, rw (fractured wrist, 4-to-6 weeks).


Sent Josef Marha, c, to Cincinnati (AHL).


10/28 Tampa Bay     W 5-3
10/30 at Dallas     T 3-3
10/31 at St. Louis  T 2-2
11/04 St. Louis     L 3-1
11/06 San Jose      T 2-2
11/08 Detroit       L 3-2


Pacific Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Dallas            11   7   2   2    16   29   23   
  Phoenix            9   6   2   1    13   27   15   
  Los Angeles       14   5   6   3    13   30   33   
  Anaheim           12   3   5   4    10   26   27   
  San Jose          12   2   6   4     8   28   31


by Jim Iovino, Anaheim Correspondent

Bad Break for Sandstrom

Things were looking up for Tomas Sandstrom. After the former 45-goal scorer netted a career-low nine goals last season with a -25 plus/minus rating, Sandstrom came back strong this year. As if the 15-year veteran was saying "Hey, I'm not washed up quite yet," Sandstrom started the season with five goals in his first 12 games.

Sandstrom's latest goal came in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings. However, that goal will be his last for at least the next four weeks. Later in the second period against the Wings, Sandstrom, 34, fractured his left wrist after being checked into the boards by Detroit's Kirk Maltby.

Sandstrom's injury is not only bad for his own career (his contract is up at the end of the season), but it's bad news for the Ducks offense, as well. Sandstrom was helping to take the pressure off of Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya, who have been the Ducks' only two offensive threats since the beginning of time.

Without Sandstrom, some of the Ducks other forwards are going to have to step up their games. The Ducks have been disappointed with the play of center Travis Green, who was acquired from the New York Islanders last year with the hope of him giving the Ducks an offensive spark. So far Green has been a dud. In his last three seasons, Green has scored 25, 23 and 19 goals, respectively. This season Green has yet to find the back of the net. The 27-year-old center has no goals and two assists in 12 games.

As a matter of fact, the Ducks offense has been its usual bad self so far this season. Only seven forwards have scored goals in a Ducks uniform. That list includes Kariya, Selanne, Steve Rucchin, Sandstrom, Marty McInnis and (drumroll please) Jim McKenzie and Stu Grimson, who has never scored more than three goals in a season in his career. Grimson has two already, so don't look for much more out of the Grim Reaper.

McInnis Acquired to Wake Up Offense

In an attempt to get more scoring, the Ducks acquired Marty McInnis from the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations. The Blackhawks had just picked up McInnis from the Calgary Flames moments before they sent him to Anaheim.

McInnis was added because of the lack of scoring from players like Travis Green. The 28-year-old speedy center has scored 19 or more goals three times in his seven-year career. So far McInnis has made his presence felt, especially on the power play. McInnis has a goal and four assists in six games for the Ducks, including a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in the loss to Detroit.

Hebert Back in Form

Don't look now, but Ducks' goaltender Guy Hebert is back in the form which got him into the All-Star Game in 1997. After missing the first game of the season due to injury, Hebert has played 11 straight. His goals-against average is a low 2.22 and his save percentage is a solid .931.

When will Hebert take a break? That's the question backup goalie Dominic Roussel is asking. Roussel played on opening night against Washington but hasn't seen action since. On opening night the former Flyer netminder allowed just one goal in a shutout loss to the Capitals.

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