It's not just a case of flu for Ducks leading scorer Corey Perry and veteran defensive leader Francois Beauchemin. The team announced Tuesday that the illnesses have been identified as a type of viral glandular infection.
Perry and Beauchemin must await test results that Coach Bruce Boudreau said could come as soon as Wednesday to discover their specific type of virus.
Until then, both have been ordered to remain home, according to a team spokesman. Perry and Beauchemin's diagnoses should clarify when each can be cleared to return to the team environment.
"They haven't been on the ice yet … when you're sick, doing nothing but bed rest, you almost have to get in shape again," Boudreau said. "It's not going to be, 'One practice and here I go.' "
Perry, the NHL's player of the month in October with 11 goals in 13 games, has sat out the Ducks' three consecutive losses and received intravenous fluids at a hospital.
Beauchemin, who has four assists, fell ill during the weekend.
"The most important thing is for the rest of us to keep the dressing room clean and stay healthy," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "Guys have been loading up on vitamin C, washing their hands."
Team physician Craig Milhouse is overseeing Perry and Beauchemin's cases.
"I'm not a doctor, but the extent that [Perry's] out is not good for our group, something we have to work through as a team," center Ryan Getzlaf said.
Defenseman Cam Fowler, who left the Ducks' shootout loss Friday to Arizona early because of a lower-body injury, skated Tuesday and said it's possible he'll play Wednesday night if he feels good after the morning skate.
Forward Kyle Palmieri, out all season because of an off-season high ankle sprain, participated in the full practice Tuesday and said he was free of pain. Palmieri stopped short of specifying a return date.
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