Sooner or later, the Ducks are going to run out of players from their opening-day roster.
The latest key player to be struck by injury? Winger Jakob Silfverberg, who suffered an upper-body injury during Wednesday’s 3-2 road victory over the St. Louis Blues.
The Swede didn’t log any ice time during the final period. Coach Randy Carlyle said he was held out for precautionary reasons.
“Odds are against us with guys going down with injuries,” defenseman Josh Manson said. “But we’re not making any excuses. We’re just going out and playing our game and finding ways to win.”
Silfverberg, 27, has six goals and six assists in 25 games this season. With the two-way player out of the lineup, that means the Ducks could be without six of their top nine forwards when they continue their road trip Friday with a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Ducks lead the NHL in man games lost, and added Rickard Rakell and Brandon Montour to the list of injured players during this road swing.
Patrick Eaves, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Ondrej Kase remain on injured reserve.