Jonas Hiller to start Game 1 for Ducks against Kings

The Ducks' net belongs to Jonas Hiller in Game 1 against the Kings. (USATSI)
The Ducks' net belongs to Jonas Hiller in Game 1 against the Kings. (USATSI)

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The Anaheim Ducks stayed mum on their starting goaltender for the club’s second-round series against the Los Angeles Kings. As game time nears, the Ducks revealed they will go with veteran netminder Jonas Hiller.

Rookie Frederik Andersen started all six games of the previous series, but was yanked in two of them including the clinching Game 6 over the Dallas Stars. That shakiness left the Ducks going back to the man who appeared in 50 games this season and has 22 career postseason appearances under his belt.

Hiller has stopped all 13 shots he faced in 41 minutes of game action in the first round. In the regular season, he posted a 29-13-7 record, .911 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average.

In his 22 postseason appearances over his career, Hiller has a .936 save percentage and 2.24 goals-against average including an 11-10 record with three shutouts.

He’ll face a red-hot Kings lineup and oppose Jonathan Quick who will man the net at the other end of the ice. Hiller is going to need to have his best against one of the best postseason teams of the last three playoffs.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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