Captain’s back: Getzlaf to play for first time in four games

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Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf will return from a four-game absence this evening when the Ducks take on the Avs in Colorado, per NHL.com.

Getzlaf has been out of the lineup since suffering a lower-body injury on Jan. 1 against the Flyers. It’s been a difficult year for the 31-year-old in terms of health — prior to this, he dealt with an upper-body ailment and has missed seven games all told.

Despite those injuries, Getzlaf still has 30 points through 36 contests and leads the Ducks in assists, with 25.

His return comes with the Ducks playing some of their best hockey of the year. They’ve won five of seven — securing 11 of a possible 14 points — and moved ahead of San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.