The Anaheim Ducks earned a 2-1 win at Ottawa Friday night, but it came at a price. Jakob Silfverberg, who was part of the return to Anaheim in the Bobby Ryan trade with the Senators, broke his hand in Ottawa and will be out four to six weeks according to the team.
The skilled Swedish forward with a lightning-quick release had seven points in 11 games for the Ducks including four goals. He also has 35 shots on net so far. The Ducks say the injury occurred when Silfverberg was slashed in the third period.
Anaheim is off to a strong start to the season, with an 8-3-0 record, which puts them third in the tough Pacific Division, but only one point out of first place. A lot of that is due to balanced production from its lineup.
Forward Mathieu Perreault , who was acquired from the Washington Capitals just prior to the season, also went down with an injury Friday. He sprained his wrist, but is listed as day-to-day according to the Ducks.
Perreault (nine points) and Silfverberg (seven) are third and fourth, respectively, on Anaheim's statistical leaderboard. That is a serious dent on Anaheim's scoring depth, at least temporarily.
It wasn't all bad news Saturday, though. Forward Dustin Penner, who has been out with a concussion after getting knocked out by a high hit from Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt, has been symptom free for “several days.” He will join the team in Columbus ahead of the Ducks' Sunday tilt against the Blue Jackets.