Ryan Getzlaf injury: Ducks captain a late scratch on Sunday

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Getzlaf is nursing an upper-body injury.

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with an upper-body injury, the Ducks announced.

Getzlaf's injury comes as a surprise. He's been on a roll this season with 10 goals and 22 points in 18 games. In fact, he's coming off a hat trick against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. However, when he didn't skate with the team on Saturday the Ducks called it a "four-point maintenance day," indicating he was just getting time off as a reward. Now, we're not so sure.

The Ducks have already been hit with injuries this season. Dustin Penner recently returned from an upper-body injury and also had a nice four-point night on Friday. Goaltender Viktor Fasth participated in a full practice on Saturday, a good sign he'll be returning from a lower-body injury sometime in the near future. For now, Jonas Hiller is expected to start in net on Sunday.

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