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Getzlaf could return Monday as ailing Ducks begin to heal

By in Press Enterprise on October 9, 2017

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM – Six players stood dressed in suits as they were introduced to applause from the sellout Honda Center crowd for the Ducks’ season opener Thursday night. It wasn’t by choice.

“I don’t think anyone wanted to stand there,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said.

The injury-wracked Ducks managed to pull out a comeback win that night against Arizona and scratched out a point against Philadelphia in Saturday’s follow-up. Most of those dressed to the nines for the season kickoff are getting closer to wearing proper playing attire for the schedule ahead.

It could start with the potential debut for Getzlaf on Monday against Calgary at Honda Center, where the Ducks look to extend their improbable 29-game winning streak against the Flames. Their best player was back at practice for the first time since attempting to shake off a lower-body injury on Wednesday.

“Obviously it’s been a little bit of a frustrating couple of weeks here, week and a half,” Getzlaf said. “But things are looking up. Everything’s been moving properly now. I’ll take the morning skate tomorrow and see how it goes.”

Getzlaf wanted to be ready for the opener but employed some caution after having to leave that prior workout and be attended to by the training staff. It was the first opener he’s missed in his 13 seasons with the Ducks.

“I can play through things throughout the year but it’s really hard to start the year off that way when I felt so good going into training camp,” Getzlaf said.

Nick Ritchie was skating on the left side of Getzlaf on Sunday and that offered hope that he would also be available after sitting out Saturday due to a lower-body injury. And the player that was on Getzlaf’s right wing in practice presented another positive sign.

Patrick Eaves took part in his first full practice […]    

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