Ducks’ fans have finally been given some desperately needed good news. Head coach Randy Carlyle announced that both Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm will play Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
Per RC, Hampus Lindholm (shoulder) will make his season debut and Ryan Getzlaf (lower body) will play tomorrow vs. Flyers.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 23, 2017
For Lindholm, this will mark his season debut after off-season shoulder surgery from a torn rotator cuff he sustained in last spring’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was originally announced that Lindholm would be out until at least November, but it seems he is ready to return ahead of schedule.
After it was revealed yesterday that Cam Fowler could miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, the news on Lindholm could not come at a better time for the team.
Ducks' Cam Fowler expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks with injury: https://t.co/UMFlj0weDF pic.twitter.com/u4ZEsWQXKD— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 22, 2017
(Ignore the image of Lindholm he is not the one injured don’t worry)
Captain Ryan Getzlaf will also return to the line up tomorrow as they embark on a four game eastern conference road swing. Getzlaf has played in only 2 games so far this season, tallying 2 assists in that span. He missed the first two games of the year with a lower-body injury he sustained in training camp, and that same injury has kept him out for the past 3.
An interesting thing to keep an eye on for tomorrow’s game the reuniting of the Rakell-Getzlaf-Perry top line from last season.
Ryan Getzlaf (lower body) is skating in Ducks practice. Rickard Rakell is with Getzlaf and Perry. Maybe back at wing?— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 21, 2017
Both of Lindholm and Getzlaf will resume their roles on the power play. The Ducks will return to a dual 4-forward special teams unit with Getzlaf at the left point with on the first line and Lindholm taking over with Jakob Silfverberg on the second line.
Ducks first PP unit appears to be 26 and 15 at points with 67, 10 and 25. Second unit is 47, 50, 37, 38 and 33.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 23, 2017
In addition to Lindholm and Getzlaf returning, it looks like Ryan Miller might be ready to back up for the Ducks tomorrow night. He was a full participant at practice this morning and if he is ready, he could make his season debut either Saturday or Sunday when the Ducks play on back to back nights in Tampa Bay and Carolina.
Reto Berra is here but Ryan Miller (wrist) has been in net through much of this practice.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 23, 2017