Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf appears poised to rejoin the lineup after missing the last four games.
The center has been sidelined with a groin injury, but has skated four days in a row, including a full practice Tuesday. He was on the top line with Rickard Rakell and Troy Terry.
Getzlaf could return Wednesday when the Ducks host the New York Islanders at the Honda Center.
“At this time of year, it’s about not ever having setbacks, that’s the biggest thing with injury recovery this early in the season,” Getzlaf said following practice. “It’s about making sure we’re going forward. If we’re going back at all we need to tone it back.”
Getzlaf said he pushed and pulled in the corners to test his groin, and will see how the injury reacts Wednesday morning. The All-Star has been sorely missed. He averaged more than a point per game last season and his uncanny vision is integral to the power play.
The Ducks’ No. 3 center, Adam Henrique, has suited up in every game this season, while Ryan Kesler missed the first three games following a long summer rehabilitating his arthritic hip.
Even with Kesler back in the fold and Getzlaf’s return imminent, the Ducks remain a MASH unit. Ondrej Kase has yet to play this season while he deals with a concussion he suffered during the preseason. He remains sidelined from practice.
Jakob Silfverberg, who leads the team in goals (three) and points (seven), suffered a left hand injury after being struck with a puck in a win Sunday at St. Louis and also was held out of practice. Carter Rowney, the fourth-line center, suffered an upper-body injury Saturday in a loss at Dallas. He also missed practice.
Patrick Eaves, who played just two games last season, skated Wednesday as one of the extra forwards. He continues to work his way back from off-season shoulder surgery.