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Getzlaf Hopes to Play this Weekend

Wednesday, 02.10.2010 / 2:55 PM / News
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Getzlaf Hopes to Play this Weekend
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Getzlaf discusses the injury

With a boot still protecting his injured left ankle and an electrical stimulation device tucked into it, Ryan Getzlaf told reporters Wednesday morning that he has high hopes for getting back on the ice this weekend.

"Skating Friday or Saturday is our goal right now," Getzlaf said. "Hopefully I can play Sunday or even Saturday, for that matter. Those definitely are the goals right now, to progress this week, stay off it for the next couple of days, then maybe put the skates on Friday or Saturday.

"All signs are point to things progressing to the way we want it to. We have our fingers crossed and hopefully things will keep going the same way and we don’t have any setbacks."

Getzlaf sprained the ankle in the second period of Anaheim's 4-2 victory over the Kings two nights ago and didn't return to the game. He said the way the ankle feels now is in sharp contrast to what he was experiencing that night.

"When I first suffered the injury it was a lot of pain and a pretty big scare for me, obviously, with the situation we’re in with the Ducks and trying to push for a playoff spot and finish strong before the break and obviously with the Olympics coming up," he said. "Right now it’s a lot better. I’m walking without pain. Obviously, I have the boot on still, but that’s just protecting it and making sure I don’t do any more damage.

"I woke up this morning and was walking a lot better and I’m off the crutches and all that stuff, so everything is pointing in the right direction."

While Getzlaf understands that his availability for Team Canada in next week's Olympics is a concern, he says his first priority is with the Ducks.

"First and foremost, we’re trying to finish strong before the break," he said. "That’s a big thing for our group right now. Our team is playing well and we need to get our points when we can. The sooner I get back to the lineup, the better off I’m going to be and our team is going to be."

He also knows he needs to prove to Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman that he's ready to go when the Olympics start early next week. "Obviously, going into the Olympics, I do need to skate, I do need to play or have a hard practice to show them I’m ready to play," Getzlaf said. "In a short tournament like that, you can’t afford to go in injured."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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