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Fowler Listed as Day to Day, Among Injury Updates

The Ducks defenseman was knocked from last night's game vs. Calgary after a knee-to-knee hit, and head coach Randy Carlyle gave updates on his status along with other Ducks d-men

by Adam Brady /

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is listed as "day to day with a lower-body injury," according to an update from Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle this afternoon. Fowler was knocked from the game and had to be helped off the ice after a knee-to-knee collision with Calgary captain Mark Giordano in the third period.

Fowler, who was not present at practice at Honda Center, is currently undergoing testing with the team's medical staff. "We won't know until later today the extent of the injury," Carlyle said. "So that's all I can give you."

Giordano is not scheduled to face a disciplinary hearing for the hit, according to the NHL, and he was not penalized on the play.

"They have capable people and they have a protocol they go by and make sure they check those things off, then they make a decision on whether there is a hearing or a fine," Carlyle said. "I'm not here to criticize. I have a differnet point of view, obviously, but my allegiance is toward our group, and their allegiance is to the league and to be fair and accurate. That's their decision, and I think they're capable people to make those calls."

Said Giordano of the play last night, "He came through the middle with a lot of speed and I was honestly coming across trying to make a hit on him and I got to watch the game, but I think our legs collided. I don't know how bad, I just hope he's okay. You don't like to see guys get hurt. There was no intent to hurt him there.

"I was just trying to come across in a 2-1 game to try to stop him from getting to our net, trying to make a hit and the result was, I don't know if our legs collided or not, I think they did and I hope it's nothing too serious."

The 25-year-old Fowler has played in all 80 games so far this season and has a career-high 11 goals to go along with 28 assists and a plus-seven rating.

As far as defenseman candidates to replace Fowler in the short term (including tomorrow night's battle with Chicago at Honda Center), Sami Vatanen hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury last Saturday in Edmonton, but he was on the ice for practice today. "He got through today with no issues," Carlyle said. "He said he had a little tightness, but he has 24 hours to get rid of any aches and pains, and is hopefully available to us tomorrow."

Hampus Lindholm has missed the last two games with an upper body injury, but Carlyle said he is, "Cycling and has had two good days and will hopefully join us on the ice tomorrow and be an option to play Sunday."

Korbinian Holzer is returning to his home country of Germany "for a personal matter, a family matter," according to Carlyle, and the timetable for his return could be "Sunday or Monday."

Clayton Stoner hasn't played since November 15 with an abdominal injury, but he did accompany the Ducks on their recent four-game road trip though he is not cleared to play yet.

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