It's rather amazing that here we are, one day before the playoffs begin, and the Western Conference's top team don't know who their goalie will be for Game 1.
That conundrum is facing Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on the eve of their series starting against the Dallas Stars. He has Jonas Hiller, Frederik Anderson and John Gibson to choose from with the incumbent starter, Hiller, having been rather awful since the Olympic break.
So when Boudreau, also known as Gabby for his gift of gab, was asked who will be in net for the Ducks, this was his answer.
"One of those three are going to play."
Not exactly breaking news on that one. It was a pretty safe assumption they wouldn't put Corey Perry in net but it's good to know that's definitely not happening now.
While that might not have been telling, it's shaping up to be Anderson's net according to Curtis Zupke of NHL.com and maybe even with Gibson as the backup. Hiller has admitted to losing his confidence and apparently he's lost the confidence of his coach too. In March he had a save percentage of .889 and it was worse in April at .841. He just doesn't seem to be much of an option at this point.
"I've had some sleepless nights," Hiller said Monday. "I've not been the happiest guy in the world to be around lately. You can ask my wife."
It should be rememberd that Hiller was on the trade block this season before the Ducks emphatically said no and that he's a free agent after this season. Not the best way to (potentially) hit the market.
Luckily for the Ducks, Andersen is an option, and a pretty good one at that. The rookie went 20-5 this season and returned at the end of the season from a brief injury stint. Gibson has been stellar in his first few NHL games, earning a star of the week honor for his efforts but has so little experience that it almost makes Andersen look like a veteran.
Anderson's numbers this season: 20-5-0 with a .923 save percentage and 2.29 GAA. Gibson won all three of his starts, giving up just four goals on 83 shots.