NASHVILLE -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was scratched against the Nashville Predators on Thursday after aggravating a lower-body injury during warm-ups.
Getzlaf, listed as day-to-day, leads the Ducks in scoring, and is sixth in the NHL, with 52 points (16 goals) in 50 games. He missed one game this season prior to Thursday.
Center - ANA
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 36 | PTS: 52
SOG: 127 | +/-: 9
"It's a lower-body injury," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's all I'm saying right now. It's day-to-day, and we'll probably know more before we hit Tampa [Bay on Feb. 8] anyway. I don't even know if he can play [Friday against the Washington Capitals], but he's coming to Washington with us."
Getzlaf participated in warm-ups and the decision was made minutes before the game started.
"We learned after warm-up," Boudreau said. "[Head athletic trainer] Joe Huff came in with about three minutes to go in warm-ups and said '[Getzlaf's] not feeling well.' I said 'OK, how bad is it?' He said 'No, he doesn't know yet.' He wasn't off the ice. He came off, and we had to wait to put the lineup card in until about seven minutes to go."
Anaheim defeated Nashville 5-2 in the first of a five-game road trip and took over first place in the NHL with 74 points.