Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler set to ditch protective shield after a rough couple of games

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler had a minus-4 defensive rating during a 5-2 loss Friday to the Blues in St. Louis, which came two nights after he was minus-1 during  a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. He refused to blame his poor play on the full face shield he’d worn since suffering a broken nose during the Ducks’ victory March 5 over the Kings. Nevertheless, he said he would not wear it for Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. He pulled it off near the end of Sunday’s practice.

“It’s coming off,” Fowler said. “You want to take precautions when it comes to that stuff. Just a little bump or a stick to the face would be a setback, so … It’s pretty much healed now. It’s to the point where I need to get back to normal. It’s bothering me a little bit too much. The nose is all healed and ready to go, which makes it an easy decision. … I’m happy to be back to normal.

“I was still able to do a lot of the same things with it or without it. The only thing it affected was my peripheral vision and being able to communicate with my teammates. So, it’s a relief to have it off and be able to do those things. It was no excuse for anything that was going on with my play. It was a tough thing to get used to, but I was happy I was still able to play. It was one of those things you have to deal with along the way. But I’m happy I’m back to normal now.”

Fowler has four goals and 23 points and a minus-11 defensive rating in 54 games.




Jonathan Quick of the Kings, Ryan Kesler of the Ducks named to Team USA roster for World Cup

Team USA named goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Kings and center Ryan Kesler of the Ducks to its preliminary 16-player roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. They are both veterans of Team USA’s Olympic team in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Cam Fowler, a Ducks defenseman, was not named to the team despite playing in Sochi. Fowler could be added to the roster later, however.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler sidelined for up to six weeks because of sprained knee

Defenseman Cam Fowler will be sidelined from between four to six weeks after suffering a sprained right knee in a Dec. 27 game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Ducks said Saturday. The Ducks were initially unsure how long he might be sidelined. Fowler was injured in the first period of a 4-2 victory at the Honda Center. Fowler had three goals and 12 points and a minus-11 defensive rating in 34 games before he was hurt.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler sidelined by sprained right knee

Defenseman Cam Fowler suffered a sprained right knee during the first period of the Ducks’ 4-2 victory Sunday over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Honda Center. The Ducks couldn’t say Monday how long he might be sidelined, however. They did say they expect to learn more about his layoff later in the week. He wasn’t immediately placed on IR, and wasn’t available for comment Monday.

“I think we all consider him one of our top defensemen,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said before the team left Monday for a three-game trip to play the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. “You lose him for any length of time, and I don’t know what the time-frame is, it’s going to hurt.”

Fowler scored three goals and 12 points with a minus-11 defensive rating in 34 games before he was injured. He had an assist on Ryan Getzlaf’s power-play goal in the first period Sunday, but could not finish the game.

The Ducks recalled defenseman Shea Theodore from San Diego of the AHL.

Ducks recall defenseman Shea Theodore from their AHL team in San Diego

The San Diego Gulls were on their way back home from a fight-filled 4-1 loss to the Bakersfield Condors in an AHL game Sunday, but they had to make a detour off I-5 to drop defenseman Shea Theodore off at an Anaheim hotel. The Ducks recalled Theodore on Monday to replace an injured Cam Fowler.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said “there’s a good chance” the 20-year-old would make his NHL debut during a three-game trip to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Theodore, a first-round draft pick in 2013 (26th overall), has been recalled twice already by the Ducks. He hasn’t made his debut yet, however.

“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty strong,” Theodore said. “It would be awesome to get in the lineup. Hopefully, I’m able to do that.”

Theodore scored four goals and 16 points in 27 games with the Gulls this season.

The reports on Theodore have been very positive, according to Boudreau.

“He’s been a very good quarterback on the power play,” Boudreau said of Theodore. “That’s been his strength his whole life. He practiced with us a few weeks back and it gave him a litle taste of it. If he plays, I think he’ll do well.”