Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/13
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The Anaheim Ducks will be without center Ryan Getzlaf as they try to make franchise history Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. Getzlaf will miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury sustained during a morning skate Friday. He went on that night to record a hat trick in a 6-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres, but sat out Sunday when the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 to finish a three-game homestand. "Make no mistake about it, we missed the big fella coming in there," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday. "He is our straw that stirs the drink. When he's playing he controls the power play, he kills penalties, he usually plays against the other team's best checking line. We miss him." Getzlaf did not take part in the morning skate Tuesday, but Boudreau said he was expected to be on the ice for practice Wednesday. The Ducks' next game is Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boudreau said he wanted to be cautious with Getzlaf, who is third in the NHL with 22 points, one behind co-leaders Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. "Just the whole idea of you could get him back and if it's not feeling 100 percent, then you could just get it worse," Boudreau said. "We want to make sure that he's 100 percent." A victory against Florida would give the Ducks, who have the best record in the NHL at 15-3-1, the best 20-game start in franchise history. Last seaon's team also started 15-3-1, but lost its next game in a shootout against the Phoenix Coyotes. Frederik Andersen, who was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for Nov. 4-10, will start in net for Anaheim for the fourth time in five games. Andersen will bring a 6-0-0 record and 1.41 goals-against-average into the matchup against the Panthers. He is the first goalie since December 1993 (Damian Rhodes of the Toronto Maple Leafs) to win his first six NHL games. "It's tough to be upset about this start, obviously," Andersen said. "It's been fun. Been fun playing on a great team like this. That's been a lot of help so far."
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