Fowler (knee) is available for Wednesday's Game 1 matchup with Edmonton, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Although coach Randy Carlyle wouldn't announce which of the returning guys would be back in the lineup versus the Oilers, one would have to imagine that Fowler will suit up. When healthy this year, the defenseman averaged 24:51 of ice time, notching 11 goals and 28 helpers. In addition to his even-strength production, the 25-year-old spent time on both the power play and penalty kill. He'll likely be given the highly difficult task of limiting Connor McDavid's time and space on the ice in this series.
Fowler (knee) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 1 clash with the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Fowler has yet to suit up in the postseason, as he has been sidelined for the Ducks' previous six outings. Despite a 28-game goalless streak, the defenseman did manage to register 12 helpers over that stretch. While fantasy owners may be concerned about his offensive production, fans will be focused on getting back a shutdown defender who averaged 24:51 of ice time during the season -- including time on both the power play and penalty kill.
Fowler (knee) is "on pace to be available" shortly according to head coach Randy Carlyle. The seventh-year Duck skated Monday for the first time since suffering the injury on April 4 and will provide some offensive firepower to the Anaheim blue line upon returning. Fowler's 39 points were a team-best among defensemen for the 2016-17 regular season.
Fowler (knee) is expected to start skating as early as next week. This news effectively rules Fowler out for at least the Ducks' opening-round series -- if not beyond. The 25-year-old was a vital piece of the Anaheim blue line as he averaged nearly 25 minutes of ice time per game and racked up 39 points -- including 15 with the man advantage. Assuming the Ducks are still playing once the Windsor native is cleared to return, Brandon Montour is the most likely candidate to get bumped from the lineup.
Fowler (lower body) won't play Thursday and will miss between two and six weeks. While this is bad news for fantasy players, it's even worse news for the Ducks, who could use Fowler's 39 points -- his highest total since his rookie season -- as they begin the playoffs. There's a lot of uncertainty in that timeline, but it's possible that the Ducks will get him back if they make it through the postseason's first round.
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