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Ducks Again Without Several Key Players

Thursday, 10.25.2007 / 2:25 PM / News
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Ducks Again Without Several Key Players

While the Ducks look to bounce back from an 0-2 road trip at Dallas and St. Louis, they’ll again have to do it shorthanded tonight against the Coyotes. Already losing defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a broken bone in his ankle for the entire regular season and Todd Bertuzzi to a concussion suffered Oct. 14, Anaheim will be missing forwards Rob Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf for the second straight game.

Niedermayer suffered a pull groin that caused him to leave early from the morning skate prior to the St. Louis game on Tuesday night. Getzlaf strained his forearm in the second period of that game when his wrist bent awkwardly against the body of Blues forward David Backes.  

“I hit the player and my wrist bent like that,” Getzlaf said, demonstrating with his uninjured arm his wrist bending backward. “We’re just going day to day with it right now and hold it out for tonight. We’re hoping for Sunday. It’s more like days, not weeks.”

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said that MRIs on both players “revealed no severe damage beyond strains or bruises in both cases.”

Bertuzzi has participated in practice the last couple of days, saying “The fact that I’ve had a couple of days without any symptoms has been nice. Hopefully it continues to progress and I get back as soon as I can.” Carlyle announced after the morning skate today that Bertuzzi needs to undergo a neurological examination “within the next couple of days.”

To make up for their losses at forward, the Ducks brought up Petteri Wirtanen and Jason King from Portland. Wirtanen had the game-winning goal in his NHL debut with the Ducks, a 3-1 victory over Nashville on Oct. 17 (the Ducks’ last victory). King is scoreless in two games with Anaheim this year, but he was leading Portland in goals with five in six games.

“He’s provided offense there,” Carlyle said. “This is another opportunity to step into our lineup and get a chance with our offensive players.”

Meanwhile, Schneider is getting closer to returning to action. “He’s being reevaluated today with the foot specialist,” Carlyle said, “and we’ll see if he’s cleared to skate.”

Carlyle admitted it has been a challenge to try and find offensive combinations to make up for the Ducks’ injury troubles and their lack of scoring as of late.

“The trouble is, injuries are part of your job and part of your decision-making day to day,” he said. “You have to find combinations among your players that are going to work and provide you with something. There isn’t necessarily always production from it from the standpoint of statistics, but you have to look at the ability to play sound and the ability to get in on the puck and be sound defensively, creating an offensive zone cycle, that kind of stuff. We’re not filling the net with goals, so we have to find the combination that will provide some offense. It’s been challenging from that aspect. But it’s part of your job.”

Carlyle did acknowledge that a win tonight against Phoenix would get the Ducks headed in the right direction. “But only for the night,” he said with a laugh. “For the coach. It’s a marathon and we always talk about that. We’re not in a sprint here.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63


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