Niedermayer: The return
Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke will make an announcement regarding the playing status of Scott Niedermayer tonight at 6:30 p.m. The announcement will take place at Honda Center in the press conference area on the lower service level (same location as Stanley Cup Playoffs).>> team release
On the Ducks blueline, Sean O'Donnell and Shane Hnidy have really struggled at even strength, and Francois Beauchemin is having a tough time shorthanded. But where having last year's Norris Trophy runner-up is going to help the most is on the power play, where Anaheim's been god awful this season.
The best part if you're a Ducks fan is that the Pacific Division has been wholly mediocre this season, and while Anaheim's on pace for an 82-point season, they're just six points from the division lead.
All that remains to be seen is how long it takes Niedermayer to get up to speed. Only 54 games until the playoffs...