By Kyle Shohara
Photos from Practice
Patrick Maroon spoke with reporters today after practice regarding his MCL sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for the next four weeks. The Ducks left winger suffered the injury in Anaheim's 5-1 victory at Buffalo on October 13. Maroon left the game and was unable to return after receiving a hit from Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges at 11:10 of the second period.
The St. Louis, Missouri native was riding a three-game assist streak (0g/3a) at the time of his injury.
“I’m just trying to stay positive right now,” said Maroon. “It’s not as bad as we thought it would be, so I’m just trying to come in every day with a positive attitude.”
Maroon said he knew immediately that something was wrong. “I was kind of worried for a second, but the doctor came in and gave me some positive thoughts,” he said. “That’s always a good sign. I’m just going to try and stay healthy, get stronger as I work out, and try to get back on the ice as soon as possible.”
“I didn’t know what to think when he was lying on the ice,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “I’ve never seen Patty lie on the ice before. His leg looked all [crooked]. It’s good news in my way of thinking. But at the same time, you’re missing a big cog on your first line.”
In his place on the top line was Matt Beleskey, who has goals in three consecutive games.
UPDATES ON ALLEN, HEATLEY
Defenseman Bryan Allen and left wing Dany Heatley skated on their own prior to Ducks practice at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE. Both players are recovering from lower-body injuries, though Boudreau says both are doubtful for the next two games.
“[Heatley] had his best day today,” said Boudreau. “He skated hard, and he felt better today.”
Heatley has yet to appear in the regular season after getting injured in Anaheim’s preseason game vs. Los Angeles on September 28.
Like Heatley, Allen has also yet to appear in a regular season game after suffering an unspecified lower-body injury prior to the team’s season opener last week at Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-5, 223-pound defenseman played in 68 last season, earning 10 points (all assists).
WAGNER GETS THE CALL
As one of the final players to get cut from training camp, Chris Wagner made it a point to have a strong start with the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old native of Wellesley, Massachusetts did just that, and was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the first week of the 2014-15 AHL regular season. Wagner scored two shorthanded goals and the game-winner in Norfolk’s season opener against Hershey, and then followed that up with his fourth goal of the season two nights later.
Getting recalled by Anaheim was a long time coming for the former fifth-round draft pick of 2010. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve been waiting two years for the call. I’m excited to be here.”
Wagner skated on the fourth line with Nate Thompson, Rickard Rakell and Tim Jackman.
JAZZED FOR THE HOME OPENER
Tomorrow marks Anaheim’s 2014-15 regular season home opener against the Minnesota Wild. Players will be interacting with fans as they walk the red carpet and will be interviewed on stage by Ducks host Kent French before making their way into the arena.
Additional Home Opener Information
A sold out crowd is expected to welcome the Ducks after a season-opening four-game road trip that saw them come away three wins.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler says he’s excited to see a capacity crowd on hand tomorrow night. “The home opener is always fun,” he said. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be good seeing a full house tomorrow night. It’s going to be a good time.”
Matt Beleskey – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Emerson Etem – Ryan Kesler – Devante Smith-Pelly
Andrew Cogliano – William Karlsson – Jakob Silfverberg
Rickard Rakell – Nate Thompson – Tim Jackman – Chris Wagner
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Clayton Stoner – Sami Vatanen