Getzlaf suffered a lower-body injury Thursday in pregame warmups in Nashville and was sidelined for that victory, then didn't play Friday in the Ducks' 3-2 shootout loss at Washington.
"He felt better. Did he feel good enough to go? I guess we'll find out [Sunday at the] morning skate," Ducks Coach
Using 21-year-old center
Getzlaf, the Ducks' points leader (52), ranks in the top five in the
"Arguably, he's one of the top three players in the world … you take him out of your lineup, it's going to affect your play," Boudreau said. "Just like when he's in your lineup, it's the reason you're good.
"He's missed. He's involved in penalty killing, the power play, big faceoffs, plays in the last few minutes — all the situations."
Take it easy
When the Ducks' flight landed in Tampa early Saturday morning, Boudreau scratched a planned team practice.
The Ducks have lost the second game of consecutive back-to-back series twice in a row, and the Lightning is an imposing foe, leading the NHL in goals scored.
"We watch [fatigue] pretty closely," Boudreau said. "We know it's a long, arduous road, and looking at the big picture sometimes is a lot more important than looking at the small picture. You gotta rest."
Fast as …
The Lightning started Saturday's game against the Kings with nine players possessing double-digit goals totals, led by center Steven Stamkos.
Center Tyler Johnson, the team's points leader, was the 2012-13
"That team has evolved into instantly a good team," Boudreau said. "People might not know all the names now, but in five years, they'll be stars. We don't want to get into a track meet."
Tampa Bay's talent influx made center
"Yeoman's work — he'll play left wing, center, takes faceoffs, can put him out there for checking and he never complains, just works his [rear] off," Boudreau said. "Doesn't score the goals, but very valuable member of this club."
Thompson said returning to Tampa will be "a good time, playing against old buddies. I enjoyed my time and the people there, from the top down. I'll do my job. We're going to get two points."
DUCKS AT TAMPA BAY
When: 2 p.m. PST Sunday.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.
ETC.: The Lightning will visit Anaheim on Feb. 18. Ducks defenseman