Miller, Rakell Placed on Injured Reserve

Updated: December 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm by Dylan Berthiaume

The Anaheim Ducks’ injury woes continue as they will be without forward Rickard Rakell and goaltender Ryan Miller for the foreseeable future. They join a crowded injured reserve that already includes the likes of Cam Fowler, Corey Perry, and Patrick Eaves.

Miller reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in a 6-5 win over the Devils on Sunday. He is expected to miss approximately six weeks but will be re-evaluated in two.

In a corresponding move, the Ducks claimed goaltender Chad Johnson off waivers from the Blues. A career backup, Johnson has struggled this season, posting a 2-6-0 record and .884 SV% in 10 appearances for St. Louis. The nine-year veteran will backup John Gibson so long as Miller remains sidelined.

Rakell has not played since suffering a sprained ankle in a game against the Blackhawks on December 5th and remains without a timetable for his return. The 25-year-old winger has played well atop the Ducks’ lineup but has been limited by a 5.7 SH%. He has five goals and 15 assists in 30 games this season. His absence gives Pontus Aberg and the recently-acquired Daniel Sprong an opportunity to skate with Ryan Getzlaf on the first line.

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Dylan Berthiaume

Dylan has been an Associate Editor of DailyFaceoff since 2018 and a co-host of the DFO Podcast since 2015.
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