Still bothered by the back spasms that have been a problem for most of this season, Joffrey Lupul will miss his third straight game tonight and is likely to be out longer.
The problem originated near the end of training camp and persisted, even though the winger played in Anaheim's first 20 games. But after last Thursday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Lightning, the pain became too much to bear and Lupul has not appeared in a game since.
“It’s basically just been bothering me the entire time,” said Lupul, who has six goals and 10 points this season. ”And then finally it kind of locked up. I got some advice from different specialists and things like that. The best thing is to just shut it down for a while and hopefully come back and try to play pain-free.”
The 26-year-old, who only missed a few days of practice in late September when the spasms began, said it's been a bit of a rollercoaster in the time since he originally started to experience problems in his back. The time finally came for him to take a step back and fully address the injury.
“It’s gone up and down,” Lupul said. “Some days it’s really serious, some days it’s not. Right now, it’s tough to watch the guys play especially in a critical time for us. But it’s just something that had to be done so I can come back and try to play as close to pain-free as possible.”
Both Lupul and Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle are hopeful that the daily treatment the forward has been getting since leaving the lineup will allow him to get back on the ice soon.
“I think he’ll probably skate in the next couple of days," Carlyle said. "So there has been some progress made.”
Said Lupul, “It’s just a day-by-day thing right now. I just got an injection in there yesterday. Hopefully that can calm down some of the inflammation and then I’ve got to see from there.”