Anaheim Ducks on the Mend: Injuries Easing Up as the Team Regains Full Strength

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Throughout the season, the Anaheim Ducks have grappled with a persistent wave of injuries, particularly affecting key players within their top 6 lineup. The current silver lining suggests that the team is now approaching its peak in terms of overall health. Notably, the setback caused by Leo Carlsson’s sprained MCL stands out as the most significant injury at present, with the defenseman anticipated to make a return in approximately a month.

The Ducks initiated the season seemingly unscathed, with only an injury to Alex Killorn. However, it became apparent that overall health was an illusion when Trevor Zegras faced a groin injury, sidelining him for nearly 20 games. Compounding the challenges, Jamie Drysdale suffered an injury within the first few games, forcing him to remain on the sidelines until late December. Isaac Lundestrom also endured an extensive absence due to an Achilles injury, marking his season debut only a week ago.

Despite the current cold streak with a five-game losing streak and a total of only 27 points this season, it’s worth reflecting on the progress made compared to the same point last year. At the 39-game mark in the 2021-22 season, the Ducks had accumulated just 26 points. Surprisingly, this season, with the addition of new head coach Greg Cronin and skaters such as Radko Gudas, Alex Killorn, Leo Carlsson, Pavel Mintyukov, and Jamie Drysdale, the team has managed to secure 27 points by the same game milestone, showcasing some improvement over the previous year.

The recent comebacks of Zegras, Gudas, Drysdale, and Lundestrom have injected a new level of excitement into Ducks games, even amid their recent losses. Zegras made a spectacular return by executing the Michigan move in his first game back from injury, showcasing his skill and creativity. Jamie Drysdale has consistently impressed, utilizing his remarkable speed and agility to swiftly navigate the offensive zone. Additionally, the return of Radko Gudas adds a powerful physical presence to the team, making him one of the most formidable players in the league.

On this episode of LAP, the guys cover the week's games and reflect on Jakob Silfverberg's career after the news of his retirement. Leo Carlsson continues to be him and the wait for Cutter Gauthier is prolonged another day. The guys talk about some exciting milestones from around the league and briefly talk about the Coyotes relocation chatter. As always, they close the episode out with listener questions!Follow Late Arrivals Twitter: @latearrivalspodInstagram: @latearrivalspodFollow the hostsChris: @CJKChelJake: @_JRobles71Louis: @Louiex37 Intro/ Outro done by Will Rice/ @pastorwillrice
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