Neither forward Ryan Getzlaf nor goalie J.S. Giguere are expected to play tonight when the Ducks face the Kings at Honda Center at 7 p.m. Getzlaf is suffering from an upper body injury that acted up prior to Anaheim’s 2-1 victory over Phoenix last Saturday night. Giguere was kept out of the last two games with back spasms.
Getzlaf received treatment and hit the ice following the rest of the team’s morning skate. “Obviously if he’s not on the ice, we don’t expect him to play,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.
Giguere also spent time on the ice following the morning skate and will likely not be in the lineup tonight. Anaheim can clinch a playoff berth with at least a point in tonight's game.
“We’re hopeful both of them will be back Friday night,” Carlyle said. “For both of them, it’s about getting comfortable back on the ice. We try to give them the best possible chance to recover and our medical staff will monitor where they are as far as strength and flexibility and how close they are to being normal. Ultimately, it’s up to the player to decide.”
Confirmed Getzlaf: “I’m pretty sure that I’m out tonight. I am coming in tonight early to see the doctors and that kind of stuff. You never know, but it looks like I’m out for tonight and hopefully back by Friday. We’ll see how it goes.”
The Ducks play San Jose
on Friday at Honda Center in a key Pacific Division matchup.
“These are all big games for us and it’s unfortunate that I’m not able to contribute,” Getzlaf said. “We haven’t clinched anything yet. But I think if you look at the big picture and what time of year it is and how things are going. Hopefully I’ll be 100 percent by Friday. I’ll know more tonight when I see the doctors.”
Giguere expressed hope that he would be able to participate in a full practice Thursday. In his stead tonight, Jonas Hiller
will likely get the start for the third straight game with recent call-up J.S. Aubin backing up.
Giguere also hoped to be back between the pipes for Friday night's game.
“These are games you want to play,” Giguere said. “You want to set the tone for the playoffs. We all know that Friday will be a playoff type of game. I’d love to play that game, but at the same time you’ve got to be smart and make sure this isn’t bothering me the rest of the season. It’s not something that should, but you don’t want to be stupid about it either.”