Giguere isn't surprised by the growing injury list

Times Staff Writer

Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere figured it was just a matter of time before injuries took a toll on the defending Stanley Cup champions, who play one of the most physical styles in the NHL.

"The last couple of years, we've really been blessed as far as injuries are concerned," said Giguere, who sat out all of training camp and the first two weeks of the season after off-season surgery to repair a sports hernia. "This year, it seems like we can't stay away from them."

The Ducks, who play Phoenix tonight at the Honda Center, lost two more players to injuries over a disappointing 0-2 trip to Dallas and St. Louis. Forwards Ryan Getzlaf (forearm) and Rob Niedermayer (groin) will not play tonight and are listed as day-to-day, according to Coach Randy Carlyle.

"We just came off a stretch where we had 13 straight days on the ice, so we gave the guys an optional skate today," Carlyle said Wednesday about the health of his team. "I want them to reflect and think about what they can improve on."

The Ducks recalled forwards Jason King and Petteri Wirtanen from the team's minor league affiliate in Portland, Maine.

Giguere said there's one positive from the Ducks' run of injuries. "It gives the young guys a chance to step up and show what they can do because they get an opportunity to play some amazing minutes," he said. "That's how most of us get started in the NHL. Getting a chance to play because of an injury."

According to Carlyle, the Ducks had two unnamed players who had to evacuate their homes near the Irvine area because of the fires in Southern California. "They had to move their wives and children into hotels while we were on the trip," he said.

"As far as I know, nothing has happened to their homes as of yet."


vs. Phoenix, 7, FSN Prime Ticket

Site -- Honda Center.

Radio -- 830.

Records -- Ducks 4-6-1, Coyotes 2-5-0.

Record vs. Coyotes (2006-07) -- 6-2-0.

Update -- With 16 goals in seven games, Phoenix has the lowest-scoring offense in the Western Conference and has only two players with more than two goals.

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