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Getzlaf Hopes to Return Tonight

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

After returning to Anaheim’s top line during the morning skate at Honda Center on Tuesday, Ryan Getzlaf appears to be headed back into the lineup tonight against the Red Wings if everything continues to go well.

Out since lacerating his right knee with his own skate on Dec. 26 at San Jose, the center said the injury is “a non-issue at this point.”

The return of Getzlaf would be a big boost for the Ducks in the start of a quick two-game set at home. The 2010 Team Canada Olympic selection leads the team with 31 assists and is tied with linemate Corey Perry for the most points on the club with 41.

He still feels some pain from the gash, but overall Getzlaf feels it’s at the point where he can deal with it during the game. “Everything’s feeling a little bit better,” he said. “It’s definitely at that point where I can tolerate it. My knee’s not giving out and stuff. We’ll see how the day progresses, how it reacts this afternoon and go from there.”

Detroit is an opponent Getzlaf has fared quite well against in his five-year career. In 17 regular season games against the Red Wings, the 24-year-old has totaled 24 points (third-most of all teams behind Phoenix and Los Angeles). He also scored his first career goal back on Oct. 21, 2005 at Joe Louis Arena.

Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle would not say for certain if No. 15 would be back on the ice when the clock strikes 7:05 p.m., telling reporters “I haven’t actually talked to the trainers but he looked fine on the ice this morning from a standpoint where he was moving okay. He skated yesterday and was fine. It’s not like he hasn’t been skating. He just hasn’t skated, I would say, a full practice from the standpoint of participating.”
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