Fowler Injured in Practice, Will Miss Final Preseason Game


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According to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler suffered an injury in practice that will sideline him for the team’s final preseason game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

The 22 year-old defenseman had to be helped off the ice, yet trainers said the injury wasn’t “too bad”, which resulted after Fowler caught an edge on the ice in what was a “freak, freak thing”, according to head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Fowler reportedly could not put any weight on his leg after the injury.

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Boudreau commented on Fowler’s status, saying:

“Right now it’s day to day. I’m expecting him maybe not in the lineup on Saturday [vs. San Jose], but for sure by Pittsburgh.”

The Ducks play their first game of the 2014-2015 season when they face the a formidable Pittsburgh Penguins squad.

After a successful regular season for the Ducks last year, the team hopes it won’t be plagued by injuries as the team starts its season off on a 4-game road trip on the east coast, against physical teams like the Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Wingers Kyle Palmieri (right ankle sprain) and Dany Heatley (groin) have also suffered minor injuries which have sidelined both goal scorers.

Coach Boudreau commented on the status of the injured winger Heatley, who suffered his groin injury versus the Los Angeles Kings, a 4-0 loss, last Sunday.

“He’s still day-to-day, as far as I know,” Boudreau said. “Every time I talk to him, he says ‘I’m feeling better.’ I keep waiting for him to get on the ice. It’s been three or four days, so we’ll see if he gets ramped up pretty soon.”

The only thing the Ducks (and fans) can do right now is hope for a healthy new season, which begins for the team in a week from today, October 9.

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