@select_pt scratches are John Gibson, Jacob Larsson and Rickard Rakell.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 30, 2021
Anaheim Ducks Rickard Rakell Out
The injury happened after Rakell collided with forward Kyle Clifford in the neutral zone during the second period. Clifford was falling down and Rakell never saw him coming, which ended up in an ugly fall. The Ducks’ player hit his head on the ice and the game had to be stopped. He was assisted off the ice by a trainer and did not return.
Rakell has appeared in all 36 Anaheim games this season, collecting seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. He leads the team in both assists and points and is ranked third in goals behind Max Comtois and Adam Henrique, both with ten. The Swede was playing in Anaheim’s top line with Comtois and Isac Lundestrom before the injury.
During his nine-year NHL career, Rakell has 483 games with the Ducks. He has 136 goals and 169 assists for 305 career points. The 27-year-old player was drafted in the 2011 NHL Draft with the 30th pick.
What This Means For The Future
The Ducks are currently sitting last in the West Division with only 28 points. They’re about to face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, who sits in second place. Being without one of their top playmakers will surely not help them extend their winning streak to three games.
They had a scare with the rookie defenceman Jamie Drysdale, who took a hit on Friday’s game against the Blues, left the ice and did not return. Even though the 19-year-old has only played six games, he has already been a key player for the Ducks. However, he only missed Sunday against the Blues and went back into the lineup on Monday. When Rakell is given a timeline we will have an update.