SAN JOSE – Cam Fowler may be back playing with the Ducks for the first time in four weeks when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Monday night in a Pacific Division contest at SAP Center.
Fowler has been recovering from an injured right knee suffered Oct. 20 against Montreal. The smooth-skating defenseman returned to practice Saturday and skated again in Monday’s optional morning workout.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle upgraded Fowler, calling him a “game-time decision.” It appeared Francois Beauchemin and Jaycob Megna were among the potential scratches on defense, increasing the chances Fowler could be ready after missing 12 games.
If Fowler does play, the Ducks (9-7-3) will have their defense corps intact for the first time this season. Beauchemin is not expected to play on back-to-back nights as a means of controlling his workload. Korbinian Holzer, who also appeared to be scratched, has been playing recently at forward.
Carlyle also has another key decision ahead of his team’s second meeting with the Sharks. With Ryan Miller (lower body) not on the short turnaround trip, Reto Berra could be a consideration for his first start with the Ducks after John Gibson (7-6-1, 2.78 GAA, .924 SV%) played Sunday night against Florida.
However, Gibson was among those who rested Monday morning, leaving open the possibility he could go on consecutive nights after stopping 50 shots in a 3-2 win over the Panthers. His 50 saves is one away from his career high, a mark he shares with Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Mikhail Shtalenkov and Jonas Hiller for the most saves by a Ducks goalie in a regular-season game.
As is his custom, Carlyle does not announce his starting goalie. Asked if the 30-year-old Berra could get a start during a week when the Ducks play five games, Carlyle said, “All our goalies … all our players are going to play.”
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