Getlaf (face) will be in uniform for Monday's tilt against Carolina.
All signs were pointing to Getlaf's participation in Monday's game, and the confirmation was given by the captain himself. Anaheim sits 29th in the league in scoring with 2.60 goals per game and will be thrilled to have Getzlaf back in the fold, who scored seven points in six games before going down injured earlier this season. Getzlaf is set to skate alongside Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell on the Ducks' top line Monday.
Getzlaf (face) is trending towards being with the team for Monday's contest against the Hurricanes, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Getzlaf ran with the top line at Anaheim's practice Saturday, centering Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry in a possible preview of what the team could roll out upon the return of its captain. The Saskatchewan native was off to a nice start to the season before getting injured, posting seven points in his first six games, so a return ahead of schedule would be a welcome gesture for fantasy owners and the Ducks alike.
While the news does eliminate Getzlaf from contention for the Ducks' next two outings, fantasy owners who have been stashing him during his 18-game stint on injured reserve. The center has the benefit of being able to keep his legs under him during his recovery from surgery to repair a broken zygomatic bone. Whether Getzlaf suits up the seven-game road trip has yet to be announced, but don't be surprised to see him activated off injured reserve before the month is out.
Getzlaf (face) still has no timetable for his return, according to head coach Randy Carlyle, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.
While this is discouraging news on the surface, the bench boss did note that Getzlaf and two-way forward Ryan Kesler (hip) are "starting to appear on the radar," and that at least leads us to believe that they could return at some point in mid-December.
We're pretty sure that Murray isn't counting on Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler (hip) returning for a three-game road trip that begins Friday against the Blue Jackets, but perhaps as soon as Dec. 14 in St. Louis to commence a six-game stretch away from Anaheim. Prior to his injury, Getzlaf collected seven points in six games, which is still greater than the output of seven other Ducks this season.