I think the Ducks are going to have serious issues compensating for Koivu's absence. We already know Lupul is a streaky scorer, and much of Selanne's struggles for the past two years have been attributed to the lack of a quality second line center. With Koivu out maybe we can hope that Carlyle's advice to Lupul leads to one of those scoring streaks. You're right that Christensen was great last night, but the use of him, I think, reflects one of the major problems we've had since we've won the Cup. You and I have both said that there are times when it seems like guys don't know their roles on the ice. I think that this is a chance for that problem to get worse. I felt that the two games we won against Nashville and Phoenix happened because everyone knew their job and executed.
IF this injury is serious, then the only chance the Ducks have is to hope that Lupul and Selanne can carry whatever center Carlyle puts between them. I think the other lines are meshing really well. Marchant, Brown and Nokelainen are flying, Artyukhin is taking fewer penalties and still being effective with Carter and Parros, and the top line is still creating offense, albeit probably not enough until Getzlaf decides to shoot the puck.
I think it will be difficult for the Ducks to have a good trip without Koivu centering that second line, because it will allow teams to focus more on the top line. Should the Ducks be able to overcome something like this? Yes. Will they do it? I don't know, I haven't seen anything from this team that convinces me they have the resolve to overcome this kind of a problem. The only thing we can do is wait and see. As a fan, I expect to be impressed.