Injuries are part of any professional sport. Replacing a player's talent, skill, or specific role is often easier said than done.
Since the beginning of the season, the Ducks have been "short-handed" all too often.
With a defensively-challenged lineup from day one, the new offense would be required to produce at an alarming rate in order to keep the Ducks' heads above water.
Over the course of the first half of the season, the Ducks lost winger Joffrey Lupul to a back injury that would require surgery. He's since developed an infection and will be out indefinitely.
In addition, Saku Koivu suffered from a groin strain, Ryan Carter would be out as a result from two seperate foot injuries, and Teemu Selanne would need surgery to repair a broken hand.
Since returning from those injuries, Koivu is once again out with a knee sprain, and Selanne is dealing with a broken jaw.
With only three-of-the-top-six forwards in the lineup, the Ducks are going to require more from those you'd least expect to see on the score sheet.
Next, we'll take a look at who's doing what for the Ducks, and why this team is a red hot 7-2 to start the second half of the season.