Matt Beleskey has a concussion and is going on IR, meaning his is out for the next two games. [SIC]
The Ducks announced via Twitter today that Matt Beleskey suffered a concussion against Dallas on Tuesday and will be on IR for the next two games, but that Cam Fowler's status for the next two games is "hopeful." With the injury to Dan Sexton, Anaheim now has three members of its roster potentially unavailable and will likely make a call up from Syracuse in the near future. This post will be updated if that happens today.
Beleskey was boarded by Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas at 10:24 of the 3rd period in the Ducks win over Dallas. The Ducks forward appeared knocked out on the play, but came around quickly as the Ducks trainers and medical staff came to the ice. He tweeted that he was "fine" after the game, but followed that up yesterday with the note "My body sure doesn't feel like 22 today. . ." Robidas received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit and later an automatic one game suspension as it was his second Boarding Major and game misconduct within 41 games after a hit on Ryan Clowe on March 16. Beleskey has played one-third of his shifts on the Ducks' top line, and has posted 17 shots and 2 assists so far this season.
The Ducks tweeted that Cam Fowler skated before practice this morning, but did not stay for the entire session while still apparently suffering from a stiff neck following a hit from Shane Doan on October 17th. The Ducks rookie had his head (at Doan's waist at the time) slammed into the boards, breaking his nose and dislodging his helmet. He was never diagnosed with anything more severe than the fractured nose and stiff neck, but his recovery of range of motion has been slower than anticipated. The game against Phoenix was Fowler's 6th, which gives the Ducks three more games with the youngster before they have to decide if they would like to trigger the first year of his ELC per Article 9.1(d)(i) of the CBA.