Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/23/13
The Anaheim Ducks received a double dose of bad injury news Saturday evening. Defenseman Luca Sbisa will be out 6-8 weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand, while goaltender Viktor Fasth is gone 3-4 weeks with lower-body muscle inflammation, the team says. Sbisa was hurt during the Ducks 1-0 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, while Fasth was injured during the pregame warm-up for that same contest. Anaheim seems to have the goaltending depth to win without Fasth, as they did just fine going with a tandem of Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen. Losing Sbisa puts more strain on a defense that has dealt with depth issues all season. Sbisa has averaged 18 minutes a night and has just one assist after missing the first month of the season with an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. He made his season debut Nov. 4 and appeared in nine games since. When healthy, Sbisa has been an effective two-way defender for the Ducks and he'll certainly leave a void, though he hadn't looked his best this season. Fasth also has missed much of the season as he dealt with a lower-body injury. The Swedish netminder has made five appearances this year and has posted an .885 save percentage and 2.95 goals-against average. It sounded as though goalie Jonas Hiller was on the trade block in Anaheim, but the uncertainty surrounding Fasth's health probably complicates any plans to move Hiller.
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