Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler to undergo facial surgery on Friday

LAS VEGAS — Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will undergo surgery Friday after a CT scan revealed he suffered a complex fracture that involved the orbital bone, cheekbone and upper jaw bone when he was struck by a puck on the right side of his face Monday.

The Ducks said they expect to know more about his anticipated recovery time after surgery is performed. General Manager Bob Murray declined to comment Wednesday and said through a team spokesman that he would speak about the injury only after the procedure.

Fowler was injured when he blocked a shot in the third period of the Ducks’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night at Honda Center. The puck deflected off his stick blade and struck him just under his helmet visor, drawing blood after he fell to the ice.

The 26-year-old Fowler was the Ducks’ fourth-leading scorer with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) going into Wednesday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. His average ice time of 24:41 was second on the team behind defenseman Hampus Lindholm (25:17).


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