will be Andersen or John Gibson.
"I'm just thinking about the next two games and doing what I can do to prepare," Andersen said Tuesday after the
Gibson, 21, has been strong too, with a 13-8 record and spelling Andersen after he suffered a head-neck injury in February. Both participated in the postseason last year.
"It's not set in stone who's going to play," Andersen said. "You've got to prove yourself on a nightly basis. If you're not performing, you're going to be out. I'm sure Bruce has confidence in both of us; it's probably going to take two goalies, no matter what, to go all the way. That speaks to how important it is to be ready, for both of us."
Andersen said getting passed over for playing time is something he takes "personally. … I want to use it to add more fuel to my fire, as extra motivation to get back in there and be better."
There were 16 forwards skating at practice, including
"I hope the doctors say I'm OK and that the coaches want me to play," Jackman said.
He appears poised to join the fourth line with center
Yet, Jackman can plainly see the wealth of forwards in the room.
"Everybody wants to be part of this team," Jackman said. "I try to earn my spot. We're all fighting for the same goal. We're all here for the same reason."
Boudreau and several Ducks maintained that while they're aware of the multi-team chase to ensure the final
Believe it or not.
"Don't care," Andersen said. "It's not who we play. It's how we play. The only difference is what color the other team's jersey will be and what city we have to travel to. It's about this room right now."
Boudreau said he and his wife have been watching countless games on two televisions during the Ducks' four-day break. He wouldn't take the bait when asked how he viewed the Kings' tough shootout loss Monday.
"The games are very interesting, you can see the intensity is there," Boudreau said. "I try to watch them as a coach — the result is as a fan."
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