Two faces of the
"I don't think either one of them is long term," Boudreau said. "I think it's a short-term thing, and hopefully they'll both be back by the end of the week."
The Ducks can fill in with
Fowler, who was a minus-four on Friday against St. Louis, didn't even make it to the end of practice before removing the shield. It fogged up in a warm
"It's pretty much healed now and I'm to the point where I need to get back to normal," Fowler said. "It's bothering me a little bit too much."
Fowler said it was "no excuse for anything that was going on with my play," but was eager to turn the page on all fronts. The Ducks have consecutive regulation losses for the first time since mid-December, and they happened after intense games against the Kings and Washington Capitals.
Boudreau didn't know if that was a factor in the Ducks' cooling off after an 18-1-1 run.
"I think we lost a little bit of our sense of urgency in the last week, and I think we'll get it back now," Boudreau said.
This is their first adversity since a 25-4-2 drive. But perhaps they are better equipped to manage a setback because they were 12-15-6 before Christmas.
"We've come a long way as a group and we've done it together, aside from a couple new faces here," Fowler said. "There's things that if you get through them together you come out on the right side of it stronger. I feel like we've bonded in certain ways going through something like that."
Brandon Pirri practiced with the team for the first time in his recovery from an ankle injury.
Boudreau said Pirri might be available for the Ducks' five-game trip starting March 20. He has not played since Feb.13 and has yet to make his Ducks debut after being acquired from Florida at the trade deadline.
"It's been a while," Pirri said. "You don't want to force things too much. But the team's been going good, so I'm just trying to get back into shape and wait for my opportunity."
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