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Lupul Out Against Detroit Tonight

Friday, 12.11.2009 / 1:58 PM / 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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 32 10 24 6 34
R. Kesler 33 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 33 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 33 14 3 11 17
C. Fowler 32 3 14 0 17
J. Silfverberg 33 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 33 3 11 10 14
P. Maroon 25 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 30 4 7 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 17 5 4 .912 2.46

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