Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will be out for up to two months after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic bone in his face, general manager Bob Murray announced Tuesday. It’s the latest in a long line of injuries that’s decimated the Ducks’ depth during the first month of the 2017-18 season.
Getzlaf suffered the injury after being struck in the face by a puck during a game against the Hurricanes on Oct. 29. He left that game after just four minutes of playing time and hasn’t returned to the ice since.
As Anaheim Calling points out, the team likely spent the past week evaluating Getzlaf’s status and whether he’d need surgery. Clearly they did not like what they saw as the Ducks will now be without their No. 1 center until January. Getzlaf recorded seven points in six games before getting hurt.
Anaheim has been battered by injuries arguably more than other team this season. Ryan Kesler, Cam Fowler, and Patrick Eaves are also sidelined right now, and star defenseman Hampus Lindholm missed the first three weeks of the season.
The Ducks are sixth in the Pacific Division with a 6-6-2 record despite the injuries. They’ll have a tough time keeping up with so many key players out.