The Anaheim Ducks received a double dose of bad injury news Saturday evening. Defenseman Luca Sbisa will be out 6-8 weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand, while goaltender Viktor Fasth is gone 3-4 weeks with lower-body muscle inflammation, the team says.
Sbisa was hurt during the Ducks 1-0 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, while Fasth was injured during the pregame warm-up for that same contest.
Anaheim seems to have the goaltending depth to win without Fasth, as they did just fine going with a tandem of Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen. Losing Sbisa puts more strain on a defense that has dealt with depth issues all season.
Sbisa has averaged 18 minutes a night and has just one assist after missing the first month of the season with an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. He made his season debut Nov. 4 and appeared in nine games since.
When healthy, Sbisa has been an effective two-way defender for the Ducks and he'll certainly leave a void, though he hadn't looked his best this season.
Fasth also has missed much of the season as he dealt with a lower-body injury. The Swedish netminder has made five appearances this year and has posted an .885 save percentage and 2.95 goals-against average.
It sounded as though goalie Jonas Hiller was on the trade block in Anaheim, but the uncertainty surrounding Fasth's health probably complicates any plans to move Hiller.
Anaheim has already recalled Andersen and defenseman Nolan Yonkman.
Andersen was outstanding in filling Fasth's role when called upon earlier in the season. In six appearances the Danish netminder went 6-1-0 with a .943 save percentage and 1.66 goals-against average.
Coming into Saturday, the Ducks had the best record in the NHL at a 16-6-3 mark, but are just two points ahead of divisional rival San Jose. Having already been without these two already this season, Anaheim should be able to handle it, but losing the depth certainly isn't ideal.