The Anaheim Ducks are hoping to have center Ryan Getzlaf back in the lineup when they play the New York Islanders at Honda Center on Wednesday.
Getzlaf has missed the past four games with a groin injury, but the team captain skated three days in a row before practicing with the top line on Tuesday.
"(Monday) was a day I pushed it pretty hard from a skating standpoint, and it reacted well," Getzlaf told reporters after practice Tuesday. "I skated with the guys (Tuesday), which was a more of an up-tempo, little more of that push and pull, those kinds of things, reactionary stuff, and so we'll see how it reacts (Wednesday)."
Getzlaf, 33, was one of the top two-point scorers the past six seasons for Anaheim.
The Ducks (4-1-1) could be without their leading point scorer this season, however.
Jakob Silfverberg left in the second period Sunday after he was struck in the left hand with the puck while trying to block a shot against the St. Louis Blues. He did not return in the 3-2 victory. Silfverberg scored earlier in the game, giving him three goals and four assists in the first six games.
The Ducks also lost right wing Carter Rowney to an upper-body injury during a 5-3 loss at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Anaheim was already without Getzlaf, Patrick Eaves (shoulder), Ondrej Kase (concussion) and Corey Perry (knee surgery).
The club recalled forwards Joseph Blandisi and Chase De Leo from San Diego on Tuesday.
"It seems like the injuries keep piling up," Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano told the Orange County Register. >> Read more
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