Ducks scoring leader Ryan Getzlaf skated throughout practice Tuesday and said afterward his sore right foot that was struck by a puck Saturday held up fine.
"Things have moved properly in the last couple of days, and I feel good" about playing Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks, Getzlaf said.
Getzlaf, with 23 goals and a team-best 30 assists, was injured in the second period Saturday at the Phoenix Coyotes, recording one of the Ducks' team-record 17 blocked shots. He didn't return after an X-ray and didn't play in Sunday's home game against Detroit.
The center said Tuesday's practice allowed him to simulate foot motions he'll endure in a game.
"It reacted properly," Getzlaf said after receiving treatment. "It's all about the change of direction. Skating up and down the rink is never really going to be an issue. It's when you have to stop and start. We did a lot of that today."
In addition to proving they could win a grind-it-out defensive game Sunday against Detroit, the Ducks gave Getzlaf satisfaction Saturday with their block-fest.
"Guys willing to pay the price … when you're trying to win games, to keep things going, playing the way we should, we have guys willing to step in front of shots," Getzlaf said. "Guys do it a lot more than I do on the back end, and it's nice to see everybody get involved."
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Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller extended his winning streak to 14 games with a shutout on the back end of consecutive games Saturday and Sunday, and said he expects to play Wednesday as well.
"Definitely, body feels very good," Hiller said. "Excited to play again."
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In the gray area sits defenseman Luca Sbisa, who has been sidelined since Nov. 22 because of a torn right hand tendon suffered in a fight in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sbisa, who was shooting pucks again Saturday, expects to receive final medical clearance Wednesday to resume playing.
The Ducks are 19-2-2 in the fifth-year player's absence. Sbisa had to keep his hand immobilized for four weeks, then massage it for two more before finally being able to make a fist.
"I'm in better shape, but it gets to the point you get mentally tired," said Sbisa, who sat out the season's first 15 games because of a lower-body injury. "The skates are not fun, to be honest. Every time I get in a grumpy mood, I say to myself, 'Give it your best for the next few days, the light's at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully I get to play.'
"It's been great to watch the team being this successful, but it hurts more being on the sideline because you feel like you're not part of it. You're with the group, but unless you're out there battling for pucks, blocking shots, you just kind of feel like an outsider."
Coach Bruce Boudreau said veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray is "a ways away" and has had a setback in his return from a torn wrist tendon suffered in the preseason. There is no timetable for his return.
Goalie Viktor Fasth (lower-body injury) is expected to start skating by early next week.
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Etc.: Vancouver was only 87 seconds from handing the Ducks their first regulation home loss of the season Jan. 5. The Canucks lost to the Kings, 1-0, on Monday.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times