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Boudreau won’t say who’s starting for Ducks, but the money’s on Andersen

Apr 15, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Frederik Andersen, Jonas Hiller AP

A rather big story is quietly developing in Anaheim, where rookie Frederik Andersen has emerged as the favorite to start in goal for the Ducks when they kick off their first-round series Wednesday versus Dallas.

Andersen is 20-5-0 with a .923 save percentage, excellent numbers to be sure. But if Bruce Boudreau does decide to give the 24-year-old Dane the nod, the decision will be more about veteran Jonas Hiller‘s late-season struggles.

Rookie John Gibson is another option for the coach.

“We’re in position with three good goalies,” Boudreau said, per the L.A. Times. “I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”

Maybe not, but the Ducks have high hopes after earning the top seed in the West, and Andersen only has 24 career NHL starts to his name.

“It’s my first time being part of the NHL playoffs, now the fun starts,” Andersen said. “I feel good, and if I’m called upon, I’ll feel comfortable going in.”

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin await.

  1. capsrockva - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I would love to see Gabby win the cup after the way Washington fired him. I think he’s a great coach

    • joey4id - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Whoever Gabby is, he/she never would have won in Wsh with you know who as the leader.

      • lowenni - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        It’s Boudreau’s nickname.

      • lowenni - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Don’t know why i got thumbed down, it is his nickname. From wikipedia:

        Boudreau is known for his talkative personality, earning him the nickname “Gabby.” In 2009, he released his memoir, Gabby: Confessions of a Hockey Lifer.

  2. lowenni - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    If I were Boudreau, I would start Hiller for Game 1 and see how he performs, while also preaching a defense-first approach from the team. If he does well, keep him in given his postseason experience (and how well he did at the Olympics this year). If not, give it to Andersen who does look beyond his years. It would be cool to see Gibson come in, and I think he could handle the pressure and has done very well, but I just don’t see them starting him over Andersen or Hiller when he only has 3 games of NHL experience. Bets on Hiller for game 1.

    • stuuuu86 - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Good idea. But I don’t like preaching a “defense-first” approach. That is not BB’s style and the Ducks need to come out gunning on offense. Just because our goalie has not been playing well, does not mean we change our whole approach.

      With that said, I am down with either goalie starting, wouldn’t mind seeing Gibson in there to start. Either way, the first goalie in will be on a very short leash.

    • areaman714 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Yeah. I say Hiller as well. Andersen didn’t light the world on fire against the Kings a couple days ago . . . he played fine, but wasn’t close to spectacular. I am of the school of thought that experience is the deciding factor in playoff success. Andersen’s 28-odd NHL games might not be enough . . .

  3. sgs32 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Since this “Gabby” charachter was in DC I have always felt he is no playoff coach, get what I mean? Washington never made it far, and Anaheim got upset last year by the Red Wings.
    My money is on the Stars.

  4. poconophlyer - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Gabby doesn’t start hiller in goal for game one? Sorry ducks but if you look at his history in Washington….this is what got him fired there…..best record in the east, best players in the league, screws with the goalies, bad playoff coach. And I like the guy! I wished the flyers would have picked him up. I never thought he’d start this goalie carousel in Anaheim. I hope I’m wrong cause I’d really like to see him go to the finals…..good luck ducks fans!

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