Anaheim (18-12-3) at Vancouver (18-12-3), 10 p.m. EST
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — The Anaheim Ducks are
about to find out what life is like without Teemu Selanne.
Expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a cut in his left quad muscle,
Selanne will not dress for the first time this season when the
Ducks visit the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
Playing in his 1,100th career game, Selanne left Friday’s 3-2
victory over the Edmonton Oilers in the first period.
The 38-year-old Finn was checked along the boards by Oilers
defenseman Denis Grebeshkov and got up with a noticeable cut on
his leg early in the contest.
However, the tests revealed no damage to any tendons or other
connective tissue, and the injury will not require surgery.
Selanne, who had 14 goals, had a season-high four points in a
7-6 shootout loss October 31 to Vancouver.
His prowess on the offensive end will surely be missed,
especially since 11 of the Ducks’ last 24 games have been
decided by one goal.
Ryan Getzlaf has seven goals and 11 assists in his last 16
The Canucks have been trying to carry on without their injured
star, goaltender Roberto Luongo. They have not had much success
in doing so and after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Chicago
Blackhawks, they are 5-6-1 without him in the lineup.
Prior to that setback, Vancouver had won two in a row.