Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will miss tonight’s game versus Detroit with a lower-body injury suffered Sunday against the Flyers, according to Eric Stephens via Twitter. Fortunately for Anaheim, it doesn’t appear as if they will be without their #1 pivot for long since the team considers Getzlaf day-to-day at this point.
Getzlaf was on the ice for just one third period shift in Sunday’s 4 – 3 SO win over the Flyers and was replaced on the Ducks top line by Rickard Rakell. Rakell, who has 16 goals and 23 points in 28 games this season, was in that spot at practice yesterday and would likely remain there as long as Getzlaf is out. The team is also likely to insert Chris Wagner, recalled yesterday from San Diego, into the lineup.
Now in his 12th NHL campaign, Getzlaf has scored five goals and 30 points in 36 games this season but has tallied just one goal in the last five. His current plus/minus rating of -8 puts him on pace to register the worst rating of his career. Despite not having his best season to date, Getzlaf is still among the top centers in the game and the hope is he will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.