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Boudreau doesn’t like Getzlaf’s chances of playing Thursday

Nov 13, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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While things can change by Thursday, it sounds like Ryan Getzlaf will miss a third consecutive game for the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said that it “doesn’t look very good” for the 28-year-old to play through an upper-body injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the team’s radio analyst Dan Wood reports.

Getzlaf likely was injured sometime during a Nov. 8 win against the Buffalo Sabres. He generated his first NHL hat trick and also had an assist in that game, so it’s tough timing.

It isn’t all bad news for the Ducks, however, as Wood believes Jonas Hiller and Kyle Palmieri will return after struggling with illnesses.

Anaheim is enjoying another high-end start to a season, although some Ducks fans might be irritated that the team coughed up a lead and eventually lost to the lowly Florida Panthers last night.

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