Frederik Andersen gets Game 3 start for Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks goalie juggling continues in Game 3 as Frederik Andersen is expected to make his first start since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Stars.
The Anaheim Ducks' goaltending situation this postseason has been volatile at best. The bouncing between Frederik Andersen and Jonas Hiller has been one of the least predictable storylines on the Western Conference side of the playoffs. Andersen will get the start in Game 3 after Hiller started Games 1 and 2, both losses for the Ducks against the Los Angeles Kings in their second-round series.
Andresen started all six games in the first round against the Dallas Stars, but was replaced by Hiller twice including in the decisive Game 6. The Danish rookie went 3-2 with a .892 save percentage and 3.40 goals-against average. That’s not particularly good.
That said, as the series shifts to Staples Center in Los Angeles, Andersen should have some confidence. He won each of his two starts in that building this year, most recently making 27 saves on April 12 in a 4-3 shootout win. He also had a 37-save win on March 29, in which he gave up just one goal.
Hiller hasn’t been bad in his only two starts of the postseason. He made 33 saves in that crushing 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 and stopped 14 of 16 shots in the 3-1 stumble in Game 2. Not bad hasn't been good enough for his team to win, however.
Going with the younger Andersen in a building where he’s had some success in his young career probably isn’t the worst idea. The Ducks need to get something going in this series and it’s not going to be easy to turn things around. Giving the Kings a different look with a new goalie rattles the status quo at the very least. It’s a gamble for Bruce Boudreau in a rather crucial Game 3, but something had to change.
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