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Getzlaf out for struggling Ducks against Stars

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com

DUCKS (1-5-2) at STARS (6-2-0)

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DALLAS --Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will not be in the lineup against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday after flying back to California to have a non-emergency appendectomy.

The Ducks said the surgery will take place Wednesday. Getzlaf has had discomfort intermittently over the past six weeks and is expected to be sidelined 4-12 days.

Getzlaf, 30, has not scored, has one assist and is minus-5 in eight games this season. The Ducks have won one of those games and have been shut out five times.

Anaheim is playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing 1-0 at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, the fifth time in eight games the Ducks have been shut out.

The Ducks did not have a morning skate, instead holding meetings at the arena.

Anaheim defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who took a puck to the face against Chicago, is fine and will return to the top pair alongside Hampus Lindholm.

"Last night [at Chicago] there was 23 shots on goal. There wasn't like a 55-shot barrage where he's exhausted," Boudreau said of Andersen. "He's good enough to come back and play back-to-back."

Anaheim is playing its fourth game of a five-game road trip and even though the Ducks lost in Chicago, Boudreau still saw positives.

"Most importantly is we played for 60 minutes," he said. "It wasn't pockets. The other thing is in the third period, where we've been kind of slow to react these days, we outshot them 19-6. So there was a lot of positives to build on, the negative really is the end result."

Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano is likely to skate in his 631st consecutive game, which would be the seventh-longest run of consecutive games in NHL history. Cogliano likely will skate on Anaheim's third line alongside center Rickard Rakell and right wing Mike Santorelli.

Dallas (6-2-0) is coming off of a 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, the start of a four-game home stand. Coach Lindy Ruff wants to see his team respond against a Ducks team he considers desperate.

"Well, I think we just got to play the game the right way," Ruff said. "I think [against Florida] we got caught in some situations gambling too much and that hurt us."

Ruff is keeping his forward lines identical from the Florida game, but is making one change to his third defensive pairing with Jyrki Jokipakka, a healthy scratch against the Panthers, returning to the lineup alongside Jamie Oleksiak, making Patrik Nemeth a likely scratch.

Oleksiak and Nemeth both made their season debut on Saturday and Ruff saw some positives in how the two young defensemen performed.

"I thought both [Oleksiak] and Nemeth, they were OK," Ruff said. "I'd to have seen a little bit more. I'd like to have seen the gap a little tighter, react a little quicker to a couple plays, but first game in sometimes there's a little hesitation in you."

Goalie Antti Niemi, who came on in relief of Kari Lehtonen against Florida, was first off the ice at morning skate and will start in net for Dallas.

Here are the projected lineups:

DUCKS

Carl HagelinRickard RakellCorey Perry

Jiri SekacRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

Andrew CoglianoMike Santorelli - Chris Stewart

Patrick MaroonShawn HorcoffChris Wagner

Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa

Cam FowlerKorbinian Holzer

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (appendicitis), Simon Despres (upper body), Josh Manson (undisclosed), Nate Thompson (shoulder surgery).

Scratched: Tim Jackman, Joe Piskula

STARS

Jamie BennTyler SeguinPatrick Sharp

Mattias JanmarkJason SpezzaValeri Nichushkin

Antoine RousselCody EakinAles Hemsky

Vernon FiddlerRadek FaksaColton Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiJohn Klingberg

Johnny OduyaJordie Benn

Jamie OleksiakJyrki Jokipakka

Antti Niemi

Kari Lehtonen

Injured: Patrick Eaves (lower body), Curtis McKenzie (hip), Travis Moen (upper body).

Scratched: Patrik Nemeth.

Suspended: Jason Demers

Status report: Andersen likely starts in net for Anaheim, his seventh start of the season and first on the second night of a back-to-back. … Jokipakka draws back in for Nemeth, which means Nemeth will be a healthy scratch for the eighth time in nine games.

Who's hot: Andersen currently ranks sixth in the League with a goals-against-average of 1.71. … Jamie Benn and Seguin are currently tied with two others for most points in the NHL with 12.

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