Fowler, 22, suffered the injury Friday when hit along the boards by Colorado forward
"It's not what we wanted, but we will get through it," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We know Cam will work hard to get back, and in the meantime, guys will step up. Another example of why having depth is important."
Fowler — who averages 23 minutes 54 seconds per game — has six goals and 30 assists for the Ducks (45-17-7), who play Thursday at
The team has shifted defensive pairs recently, putting Fowler's former sidekick
Lindholm, who had two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the
Stephane Robidas, the veteran defenseman the Ducks acquired from the Dallas on March 4, made his debut Tuesday, paired with veteran Bryan Allen.
The 37-year-old Robidas played for the first time since breaking his leg on Nov. 29. In 13 minutes 32 seconds of ice time, Robidas finished minus-one, had his only shot blocked, and delivered three hits.
"Conditioning was fine, I was just out of position a bit," Robidas said after the loss. "Little things will come the more I play and practice with the guys. It wasn't my best, but first one's out of the way. I want to get myself in order and help the team win. That's all that matters."
Boudreau said it was unclear whether center
Yet, Getzlaf said he has confidence that he and the Ducks are as close to breaking through as the puck he fired that hit the right post Tuesday night. He said the team effectively disregarded power-play practice Wednesday.
"You can beat that thing to death … In a situation like this, it's a pretty high-pressure situation and I think we're overreacting to things at times," Getzlaf said. "Our group played two very good hockey games on the weekend; we have one game we don't, and it's kind of treated like it's the end of the world. Last time I checked, we were still tied with San Jose."
The Ducks play the Sharks one other time, April 9 in Anaheim.
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