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Despite Injuries, Ducks Find Ways To Win
By Michael Walters
Today the Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray provided injury updates on Cam Fowler and Patrick Eaves.
He had surgery on Friday, November 16th for fractures to his cheek, orbital, and jaw bones. He sustained the injury when he was hit in the face by a shot from Craig Smith with 3:06 remaining in regulation of Anaheim’s 2-1 overtime victory over Nashville. The plan is for him to start working out this weekend and he could begin skating 7-10 days after that. His estimated return would be in mid-January if everything goes well.
He hasn’t played since November 9th against the Minnesota Wild. Eaves was playing through a broken rib and as a result, he had back spasms. It doesn’t appear like he will need surgery, but he is out indefinitely.
Other Injury Updates:
He has been spotted in the Ducks locker room in the past few weeks. He no longer has his crutches. He has been working out, but not skating yet.
During the offseason, he had wrist surgery. His return time is estimated to be mid-February. Depending on how the Ducks roster looks at that time, he could start in the AHL first before returning to the NHL. He remains on the long-term injury reserve with Perry.
He sustained an upper-body injury in the preseason and still has not been able to practice.
Contender or Pretender?
Despite all the injuries that the Ducks have sustained this season, they are currently in second place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim leads the league with the most man games lost(172), but they continue to battle and are on a four-game winning streak. The Ducks haven’t consistently played complete games, but they continue to find ways to win.
The question is can the Ducks stay close to the top of the Pacific Division and go deep in the playoffs?
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December 4th, 2018