Corey Perry jerseys called the Ducks’ everlasting run of injuries “a little ridiculous” and said laughter was one way to deal with the never-ending situation.
“What else can you do?” Perry said then as Rickard Rakell had to miss a few games. “You can’t sit there and sulk and complain about it.”
Now the winger himself is part of their long list after being one of the few Ducks to escape injury.
The Ducks say Perry will be lost on an unspecified “week-to-week basis” due to a lower-body injury suffered Monday night against Carolina. It comes just as they got longtime teammate Ryan Getzlaf back into the lineup following a five-week absence.
Perry was leading the Ducks with 16 assists and 22 points. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the club’s top-line right wing will be evaluated again next week. He was injured in a collision with Carolina forward Jeff Skinner during the first period and gingerly skated off the ice with some assistance.
“Obviously he was hit above the knee last night and injured himself,” Carlyle said Tuesday. “He’s walking around now fine. When you see him, it’s not like he’s limping. He’s not on crutches or anything.
“He’s in the weight room this morning. That’s a great sign. But to give you a more definitive time frame, probably in a week or so.”
One forward who could move into Perry’s top-line spot is Ondrej Kase, who took several turns alongside Getzlaf. Carlyle said Kase, who has six goals and five assists in 18 games, is an option but not the only one.
Injuries have been a never-ending storyline for the Ducks, who entered Monday’s contest with 183 man-games lost that is easily the most among the 31 NHL teams. Among those to miss 10 games or more have been Kase, Ryan Kesler, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler and Patrick Eaves.
“It’s frustrating,” Fowler said. “I guess you wholesale jerseys online do kind of become numb to it, just because it seems to be making its way through the team. And to our high-caliber guys. It’s one thing to deal with injuries. It’s another when you have top guys that are constantly going down and that seems to be what’s happening with us right now.
“But we’re trying to stay positive. Stay focused. We’re obviously going to miss ‘Pears’ and wish him a speedy recovery. But we have to continue to push forward.”
The Ducks filled that new hole by recalling Kevin Roy from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Roy, who had four goals and an assist in 15 games, was sent down Monday after Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg made it back into the lineup.
“He did a U-turn on I-5,” Carlyle said. “He got to San Diego and came right back. Those are the things that we stated. When you’re only 65 miles away and these incidents do happen and you’re forced to access people, it’s great that they’re not far away. One phone call and they’re back with us.”
Roy said he was in San Diego long enough to have dinner and watch “Monday Night Football” before returning to Anaheim. His strong first impression made his immediate recall a logical one.
“There’s a lot of good players here when everyone’s healthy,” Roy said. I think I did the right things. … You just got to be ready when they need you.”
Bad news has seemingly been around every corner for the Ducks, but Carlyle expressed optimism since Lindholm and Kesler are expected to join the team on its six-game trip. Kesler is coming back from offseason hip surgery; Lindholm has missed the past four games due to an upper-body issue.
Nick Ritchie, who did not play Monday, is expected to practice Wednesday as he deals with an upper-body injury. Joseph Blandisi is recovering from an upper-body ailment and Carlyle said the winger is an option for Thursday’s game at St. Louis.
“You can’t do anything,” Carlyle said, discussing on the experience of losing players. “You play the hand you’re dealt and you go on. The good thing is we have some other players that are trending back.”
The saying is that adversity makes one stronger. The Ducks have had more than anybody, perhaps enough to fill three seasons instead of one.
“You lean on each other a lot,” Fowler said. “The guys that are lucky Anaheim Ducks jerseys enough to be healthy and playing, you use one another. You try and rally around the guys that are down. When I was down, it was killing me not to play so I understand what those are going through.
“You just stick with it. There’s no special secret. It’s just hard watching your teammates go down but you have to continue to improve and push forward. This is a big part of our schedule, this road trip coming up. We’re going to learn a lot about ourselves.”
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