Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was struck in the face with a puck on Monday night vs. Nashville. A CT scan revealed a complex right facial fracture involving the orbital bone, cheekbone and upper jaw bone. Fowler will have surgery Friday, after which his expected absence will be known and announced.
Fowler has 10 points (3g/7a) and a +3 rating in 19 games this season, including his first career hat trick. Fowler became the seventh defenseman in NHL history to record three goals, including an overtime winner on November 4 vs. Columbus. The last three instances were accomplished by the Ducks (Lubomir Visnovsky on March 4, 2011 vs. Dallas and Hampus Lindholm on Dec. 21, 2017 at the New York Islanders).
Fowler also earned his 203rd career NHL assist on November 7 vs. Calgary to move within one shy of tying Scott Niedermayer (204) for the all-time franchise lead in assists among defensemen.