Lupul Out Against Detroit Tonight

Friday, 12.11.2009 / 10:58 AM PT / News
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Lupul Out Against Detroit Tonight

By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


DETROIT – The Ducks will be without red-hot winger Joffrey Lupul when they take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Lupul, who has scored four times during a three-game goal streak since returning from a seven-game absence caused by back spasms, will be sidelined this time because of problems with a leg.

“I think there is some correlation,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after the club’s morning skate. “I think there is some complication from an injection he had. The leg is going numb on him.”

Lupul did not skate either in the team’s late-afternoon practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena or this morning, but showed enough progress that he remains a possibility for Saturday night’s game at Columbus, Carlyle said.

In the meantime, the Ducks expect veteran winger Kyle Calder to return against Detroit after having missed the past six games because of an eye injury suffered during practice Nov. 28. Calder plans to wear a visor temporarily in order to protect the eye.

A former Red Wing who played the past two seasons with the Kings, Calder has one assist in six games since joining the Ducks in mid-November. The Ducks are 4-2 with Calder, who could take Lupul’s place on the top line alongside center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry.

The Ducks also hope to continue receiving a boost from a youthful contingent that includes wingers Dan Sexton and Matt Beleskey, as well as defenseman Brett Festerling. All three have been summoned from the minor leagues since Thanksgiving.

“The most encouraging part of this whole thing is that it’s our young players who have come in and given us a spark,” Carlyle said.

Sexton scored his first two NHL goals and registered a club rookie-record nine shots on goal in Tuesday’s 4-3, overtime victory over visiting Dallas. Festerling, meanwhile, notched a game-high seven hits, and Beleskey provided plenty of energy along with three hits of his own.

“I played in the minor leagues for two years,” veteran defenseman Nick Boynton said. “You never want to go back. It’s a young guys’ game.

“Unfortunately, we’ve lost some tough games, but those guys weren’t here, so they don’t know any better.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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