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Andersen out tonight, Boudreau won’t reveal starter

May 10, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

Jonas Hiller AP

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen will miss Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings tonight because of a lower-body injury. If he was healthy, he would have probably started.

As it is, the decision is down to netminders Jonas Hiller and 20-year-old John Gibson. In other words, the veteran who struggled late in the regular season and lost the starting job in the playoffs or the promising rookie that has just three games worth of NHL experience.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t about to tip his hand.

“(Gibson’s) going to be a great goalie,” Boudreau said, per the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott. “I don’t know if he’s today’s goalie.”

That’s not the only question mark for Anaheim as the Ducks announced that forward Mathieu Perreault (lower body) will be a game-time decision.

Like Andersen, Perreault was hurt during Thursday’s game. Forward Matt Beleskey also sustained a lower-body injury during that contest, but he has been ruled out by the Ducks. Daniel Winnik will make his series debut as a result.

The game will start at 9:30 p.m. ET and air on NBCSN. Los Angeles has a 2-1 series lead.

  1. stakex - May 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    If Boudreau is ever going to get a team past the second round, he REALLY needs to stop his goaltender roulette. He did the same thing is Washington multiple times in the playoffs, and we all know how that ended. You need to pick a goaltender, and stick with them unless they utterly fall apart. You can’t keep changing starters because of one bad game…. it prevents them from getting into a rhythm and adds even more pressure.

  2. aldog83 - May 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Say GOODBYE!! To Hiller’s confidence (if he has any) if Gibson starts!

    Bad enough Boudreau Stated to the public and the Media that Hiller’s was lacking in confidence….

    I don’t see Hiller coming back from this psycologically if he watches the 20 yr old start game 4 from the bench!

  3. patthehockeyfan - May 10, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    GKG!!!

  4. hockeyornothing - May 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Start Hiller and if need be pull him early. Bruce can always put him back in

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