The Anaheim Ducks may have six starters injured, but that hasn’t stopped them from winning four consecutive games or from taking at least a point from each of their last seven games. Goaltender Viktor Fasth, defensemen Sheldon Souray, Luca Sbisa and Francois Beauchemin and forwards Mathieu Perreault and Jakob Silfverberg are currently sidelined, but as Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf continue to step up the Ducks have kept things on track and maintain a three-point lead over the rest of the Pacific Division.
In a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, Getzlaf had an assist to extend his point streak to 13 consecutive Ducks games, and 15 consecutive games that he has appeared in. He assisted on Perry’s 21st goal of the season, which came in the second period and proved to be the game-winner. In only his second career game and on only his second career shot, rookie defenseman Alex Grant scored his second career goal. The Ducks have roster depth that any other team in the league should be jealous of, and it continues to be the reason they can survive such a rash of injury setbacks. With the combination of Getzlaf and Perry continuing to perform as one of the best in the game today, role players also continue to step up. Nick Bonino has worked his way up to being a second-line center who has 23 points in 34 games, and youngsters like Grant, Emerson Etem and Sami Vatanen have made the most of their chances in Anaheim.
The Ducks had a similar great start to last season, but suffered an early exit from the playoffs. If they can keep playing this well with all the players they have injured, they should be in great shape later in the season when they start to return to full strength.