Ducks' Saku Koivu out with sprained knee, Lupul develops complication
The Ducks' troubles keep coming.
The injury center Saku Koivu suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Kings was a sprained right knee, the team announced Friday night. He is expected to miss one to two weeks.
In other news, forward Joffrey Lupul, already out because of back surgery, developed an infection in his back and the timetable for his return has been updated to indefinite, though he is still expected to return this season.
Koivu's injury is the latest blow to a team that has lost goal-scorers Teemu Selanne and Lupul for extended periods because of injuries. (Selanne, who recently returned from a broken hand, broke his jaw in a freak on-ice incident against Boston on Wednesday.) With the combined injuries, the team is missing three of its top 10 scorers.
On the no-news-is-good-news front, winger Bobby Ryan has not faced any disciplinary action from the NHL for his hit on Oscar Moller in the final moments of the loss to the Kings.