The Anaheim Ducks may not be off the hook in regards to choosing a starting goalie for the playoffs after all. Frederik Andersen was injured on March 30 as the Ducks whitewashed the Calgary Flames via an 8-3 final, and it was reported that he may be dealing with a concussion. The team never released a time table for the netminder, but he has been skating with the team this week.
They recalled Anton Khudobin to back up John Gibson down the stretch, but the journeyman’s services may not be required for much longer.
Andersen was on the ice for some extra work today, and Anaheim head coach Bruce Bruce Boudreau is hoping to get the goalie into one of two games this weekend.
That’s good news for the Ducks, as Andersen has been sensational since a rough start. He’s lost just once in regulation since January 1, and has won 16 games since then. That stretch brought his overall record up to 21-9-7, and he carries a .917 save percentage in 2015-16.
Originally drafted by the Ducks in the third round of the 2012 draft, Andersen has appeared in 124 games, winning 76 of them in regulation and carrying another 16 to overtime.
Anaheim will face the Winnipeg Jets tonight before taking on the L.A. Kings on Thursday. That will set the Ducks up for a tough back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday where they will play the Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals. It’s during one of these two games that Boudreau is looking to get Andersen a start.
If the netminder isn’t quite ready this weekend, his next chance for a tune-up will come in Game 1 of the Ducks first-round playoff series–should the team decide to roll with him instead of Gibson. Gibson, to his credit, has solid through 37 appearances this year. He’s won 20 times and has a .920 save percentage on the year.