Ryan Getzlaf Injury: Updates on Ducks Star's Status and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 11, 2014

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 20: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks  in action against the New Jersey Devils during their game at the Prudential Center on December 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf exited Saturday, Jan. 11's game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale with a lower-body injury.

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported the news and noted that Getzlaf would not return to the contest:

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 14

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register said Getzlaf expects to be ready to go tomorrow:

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Updates From Sunday, Jan. 12

The Ducks Twitter account has an update on Getzlaf's status moving forward: 

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Los Angeles Times reporter Lance Pugmire reported some good news after the game:

Getzlaf scored his 23rd goal of the 2013-14 season in the second period of Saturday's contest, building on the momentum of his two-goal performance in the Ducks' most recent win over the Nashville Predators.

The fourth-year captain has oozed with confidence and is an excellent leader. He conveyed this mindset after that victory.

"We never had the doubt that we can't win a hockey game. We know we have to be a big part of it," Getzlaf told Pugmire.

Anaheim is atop the Western Conference standings and was on a five-game winning streak before its road trip to Phoenix. If the 28-year-old star is out for any significant period of time, it will be a huge blow to the Ducks offense.

Thanks largely to the efforts of Getzlaf and the 53 points he's logged this season, his club is among the league's elite offensively, ranking No. 3 in the NHL through 46 games with an average of 3.3 goals per game.