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.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 4 3 4 3 7
J. Silfverberg 4 2 4 5 6
R. Kesler 4 3 2 2 5
S. Vatanen 4 2 3 4 5
R. Getzlaf 4 1 3 3 4
A. Cogliano 4 1 3 4 4
P. Maroon 4 1 2 2 3
H. Lindholm 4 0 3 1 3
C. Fowler 4 1 1 2 2
S. Despres 4 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 4 0 0 .924 2.20

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