Pacific Division continues to get hammered by injuries
It would appear that injuries are pilling up on Pacific Division teams to start the season, and it’s a who’s who when it comes to names.
The latest is a lower-body injury for Los Angeles Kings starting goalie Jonathan Quick, who is listed as day-to-day with the ailment.
The injury reportedly happened at practice, and backup Jack Campbell has already been named the starter for Los Angeles’ game on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Campbell has proven to be a capable replacement, going 2-0-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in four starts last season.
The Kings are already without Dustin Brown, who sustained a broken finger in the preseason and needed surgery to repair it.
Bonus for Peter Budaj fans, he’s back in the NHL.
Per hockey ops, Peter Budaj will be recalled to back up Jack Campbell tonight.— LA Kings Insider (@lakingsinsider) October 7, 2018
The injury bug has taken a chunk out of the San Jose Sharks, too, after Joe Thornton was placed on injured reserve on Sunday after flying home from the team’s Eastern Conference road trip.
Jumbo Joe, 39, is dealing with swelling in his right knee, which was surgically repaired after he tore his ACL and MCL last season. Thornton has had catastrophic injuries to both of his knees now in the past two years. Despite his age, he’s been averaging around 16 minutes a night with the talent-laden Sharks this season.
The Anaheim Ducks received more bad news on Sunday after it was revealed that Ryan Getzlaf is day-to-day lower-body injury after leaving Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Getzlaf joins a growing list of walking wounded in Anaheim, with Corey Perry, Patrick Eaves, Ryan Kesler and Ondrej Kase all sidelined.
Despite what seems like some big holes in the Ducks’ lineup, Anaheim is 2-0 to start the season. John Gibson grabbed his first shutout of the campaign in a 1-0 win Saturday.
The Coyotes have been woeful to start the season, having yet to register a goal in their first two games.
Injuries have played a role in that, too, of course.
Alex Galchenyuk, Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun are all stuck in the infirmary for the Coyotes.
The Calgary Flames are without Travis Hamonic after a fight resulted in a facial fracture for the defenseman, who is now week-to-week as he recovers.
Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch remain sidelined in Vegas.
Really, the only team to come through relatively unscathed here is Vancouver.
It’s been a tough opening week on the west coast.