Ryan Getzlaf. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks were forced to play without their best player Thursday when star center Ryan Getzlaf aggravated a lower-body injury during warm-ups and was unable to take part in the game against Nashville.
The Anaheim Ducks are one of the NHL's most dangerous teams, but they suffered a significant, if short-term blow when star center Ryan Getzlaf aggravated a lower-body injury during warmup before Thursday's game against Nashville and was unable to play.
Getzlaf, the Ducks' leading pointgetter (16 goals and 36 assists in 50 games) this season and a finalist for the Hart Trophy last year, was listed as "day-to-day" in his timetable for return.
Anaheim was beginning a five-game Eastern road trip Thursday against the Preds, and two of the games on that trip come against opponents (Washington and Tampa Bay) who will give them a serious test.
However, as they showed in their showdown with Nashville – beating by a score of 5-2 a deep and talented squad that will challenge them down the stretch for the Presidents' Trophy as the league's top regular-season team – there's much more to the Ducks' attack than just one player.