USATSI_8251289_154158418_lowresThe Anaheim Ducks will have to make do without Corey Perry. The forward is out with a knee injury and the real bad news is that there’s no timetable for a return.

Perry was injured in the first period of Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. He was hit by defenceman Keith Ballard and some have called the hip check questionable. Anaheim’s Nate Thompson took objection and fought Ballard after the hit, a position the Wild defenceman has found himself in a number of times.

Whatever one thinks about the hit in question, the Ducks will have to live with the consequences. Life without Perry isn’t expected to be pretty.

As of right now, Perry is slated to miss the Ducks’ game against Winnipeg on Sunday. That’s the last day of an Anaheim road trip. When the club returns home following the jaunt, Perry will be evaluated again by team doctors.

The 29-year-old winger currently leads his team with 22 points in 23 games. He’s fifth overall in goals with 14, with four of those coming on the power play. Last month, Perry missed five games with the mumps. Prior to that, the most ice time he’d missed due to injury was a 15-game stretch in 2008 after he suffered a lacerated quad tendon.

“We’ve been without [Perry] before already this season and we have the depth in the organization to fill those roles,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “It’s not one that is going to fill Perry’s void. He’s a goal scorer on our team and he does a lot of good things for us. We’ll have to collectively do it.”

Rickard Rackell has been recalled from the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals to fill in the gaps for now as coach Bruce Boudreau tries out some new line combinations.

The Ducks are currently tied for first overall with 39 points and a 17-6-5 record over 28 games. They find themselves on a three game winning streak going into Sunday’s game against the Jets. They’ll be tested without Perry on the ice, that’s for sure, but they have a deep enough roster to cope for the time being.

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