Well, that explains it.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf will not play in tonight's game at Dallas due to appendicitis. He has returned home to have an appendectomy (non-emergency), which is scheduled for tomorrow in Orange County.
Getzlaf, who has had discomfort intermittently over the last six weeks, is expected to miss approximately 4-12 days of game action.
Considering Getzlaf has gotten off to a career worst start, with one assist through eight games, it makes sense that there was some sort of physical ailment that's been the culprit. There has been discussion of lingering effects of the sports hernia suffered in last years playoffs, with his play noticeably appearing strained and not and 100%.
The franchise just today allowed news to be released that Carl Hagelin was dealing with an upper body injury during training camp. It's easier to be cagy about training camp injuries than ones pertaining to one of the faces of your franchise though, particularly when he'll be out of the lineup for a stretch.
So Now What?
The Ducks had Corey Perry skating with Rickard Rakell during training camp, and opened the season with the two on the same line. The duo have performed well generating shots together with a SAT% of 57.1 according to Hockey Analysis. It would make sense for that pair to be revisited, although one also has to wonder if this also means Ryan Kesler sees his minutes elevated to Getzlaf's team-high amongst forwards as well.
Other questions are opened up about what the Ducks can do with their lower line center spots as well. With Chris Wagner recalled earlier this week, the immediate potential move would to be slot him in center on the fourth line and move Shawn Horcoff to the third line spot. While no move has been made to call a player up from San Diego (no transaction listed on the official AHL website as of yet), Michael Sgarbossa could be brought up if Anaheim feels they need an additional center/they want to keep Wagner as a wing. Sgarbossa has three assists in five games thus far with the Gulls.
Radio color commentator Dan Wood was quick to share this bit of positive history for the Ducks in the few times they've been without Getzlaf since he broke in to the league:
#NHLDucks are 30-17-6 without Ryan Getzlaf in the lineup since his rookie season, 2005-06. Were 1-2-2 without him last season.— Dan Wood (@Duckscolorman) October 27, 2015