Ducks hopeful Fowler (lower-body) is on season-starting road trip

This isn’t exactly how the Anaheim Ducks envisioned starting their season, with question marks surrounding the availability of defenseman Cam Fowler.

Fowler, still just 22 years of age and a former first-round draft pick from 2010, took a hard fall during Thursday’s practice, according to the L.A. Times.

The Ducks open the season with a four-game road trip, beginning next Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At this point, it seems like Fowler will be with the team when they travel back east for their four-game swing that also includes stops in Detroit, Buffalo and Philadelphia.

“He’s hopeful to be playing on the trip, we’ll see how it goes day by day,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told the L.A. Times.

“He said he wanted to be on the trip. I don’t know if that means on Thursday or Saturday [in Detroit]. He felt good today … better … we’re anticipating both he and [forward Dany] Heatley [groin injury] will play on this trip.”

Fowler suffered an MCL sprain last March, which at the time, it was expected he’d miss three-to-five weeks with the injury. He returned less than a full month after he was injured.


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