Ducks All-Star defensemanCam Fowleris out "anywhere from two to six weeks" with a lower-body injury, GM Bob Murray told reporters Thursday evening.
"I hate to say six weeks, but it could be," Murray said. "He could come around really quickly and he could not. We'll know much more when the playoffs start."
Fowler, 25, played in all 80 games until Tuesday's injury and has a career-high 11 goalswith 28 assists and a plus-seven rating. Hehad to be helped off the ice and didn't return after a knee-to-knee collision with the Flames'Mark Giordano in the third period of Anaheim's 3-1 win earlier this week.
"When I saw the hit, your heart goes in your mouth, and you're thinking that's it for the year" Murray said. "We may have gotten a little bit of a break. In a week or week and a half, we'll know more where he's at. … But as an old player I have no use for knee-on-knee hits, especially if I think they were somewhat intentional."
Giordano wasn't penalized on the play and didn't face a disciplinary hearing for the hit, according to the NHL.
Still, it could be costly for the Ducks, who are in first place in the Pacific Division with one regular-season game to play.
The NHL playoffs begin Wednesday, and just how far Anaheim goes could determine whether Fowler makes it back this postseason.
Interestingly, if current standings hold, then the Ducks would face Giordano and the Flames in the Western Conference first round.