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Ducks centers Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler could be in lineup together soon

Ducks centers Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler could be in lineup together soon
Published On: Wed, Oct 17
Mar 4, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks players Ryan Kesler (17), Simon Despres (24) and Ryan Getzlaf (15) celebrate after a short-handed empty net goal in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Honda Center. The Ducks defeated the Canadiens 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

One of these nights, the Ducks will finally have Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler in the lineup together again. Their top two centers will be healthy and capable of playing to the best of their abilities after passing like ships in the night to start this season.

Getzlaf played the season-opening game without incident, recording two assists in the Ducksa€™ Oct. 3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Then he injured his groin in the third period of their Oct. 6 win over the Arizona Coyotes and sat out the next four games.

Kesler couldna€™t play in the seasona€™s first three games because he wasna€™t medically sound enough as he continued a long, slow offseason buildup after skating on one leg for 44 games last season after undergoing major hip surgery in the summer of 2017.

Getzlaf skated with the Ducks during their practice Tuesday at Honda Center, his fourth consecutive day on the ice and the first time hea€™s been able to do everything his teammates could do since he was injured. It was another test on the road to recovery.

Kesler on Sunday played what Coach Randy Carlyle said was his best game since the surgery, which included all 44 games plus four more in the playoffs last season. Kesler assisted on Andrew Coglianoa€™s tiebreaking power-play goal in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Ita€™s possible the Ducks could have Getzlaf and Kesler in the lineup for the first time on Wednesday when they host the New York Islanders. It certainly would be a welcome development for an injury-depleted team thata€™s adopted a a€œnext man upa€ mentality.

The trouble is, the Ducks are running out of healthy bodies. Getzlaf and Kesler practiced Tuesday, but Jakob Silfverberg and Carter Rowney did not because of upper-body injuries. Silfverberg was hurt in Sundaya€™s game; Rowney was injured in the Ducksa€™ loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Silfverberg scored his team-leading third goal and seventh point when he converted on a first-period breakaway against the Blues. He was forced from the game after he was struck on the left hand by a shot from St. Louis forward Brayden Schenn. Rowney played only 1:24 in the Dallas game.

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